Cherry laurel: the most common types and their differences

Cherry laurel: the most common types and their differences

Common varieties of cherry laurel

This article gives you a rough overview of the most common species, their growth and specific features:

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Upright cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus Herbergii)

This robust variety is vigorous and grows two to three meters tall. It is considered to be extremely hardy, fast-growing and also thrives very well in rough areas. Because of these characteristics, the upright cherry laurel is one of the most common species in our gardens.

Cherry laurel Caucasia (Prunus laurocerasus Caucasica)

Strong growing variety with very nicely shaped, narrow leaves that reach heights of up to four meters. Exceptionally robust and hardy, this cherry laurel is particularly suitable for planting hedges.

Large-leaved cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus rotundifolia)

In contrast to the two previous species, this cherry laurel is quite sensitive to frost and should only be planted in protected areas. The foliage is significantly wider than that of other species, although not round as the Latin name suggests. Rotundfolia reaches heights of up to three meters.

Cherry Laurel Novita (Prunus laurocerasus Novita)

The foliage of this cherry laurel is similar to that of the Rotundifolia variety. However, Novita is much harder to frost. Vigorously growing, this cherry laurel reaches heights of up to three meters, is easy on pruning and therefore ideal for hedge planting.

Broad-growing laurel cherry Otto Luyken (Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken')

In contrast to other species, this cherry laurel grows broadly bushy and densely branched. It reaches heights of up to 1.50 meters and then only gets wider. Well tolerated by pruning, it is very suitable as a shrub that protects unsightly garden corners or the compost from prying eyes.

Cherry laurel Etna (Punus laurocerasus Etna)

Very fast-growing with annual growth rates of up to forty centimeters. It reaches heights of up to two meters and forms very dense hedges due to its rich branching. Well tolerated and hardy.

Portuguese laurel cherry (Prunus angustifolia Lusitanica)

In contrast to other species, the Portuguese laurel cherry has relatively narrow leaves. Extremely hardy, it is not only suitable as a plant, but also as an attractive specimen shrub with a height of over ten meters.

Van Nes Laurel Cherry (Prunus laurocerasus Van Nes)

This cherry laurel grows thick and bushy and can reach a height of two meters. It forms a particularly large number of flowers, grows densely and compactly and is very frost hardy.

Tips & Tricks

Which type of cherry laurel you choose for your garden, you should choose based on the location, the soil conditions and the desired height. In addition to the common species mentioned in this article, there are other varieties such as the dark-leaved cherry laurel Schipkaensis, which have specific properties such as industrial strength or resistance to shotgun disease.