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Dwarf Carolina Cherry Laurel

Prunus caroliniana 'Compacta'

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Dwarf Carolina Cherry Laurel

Prunus caroliniana 'Compacta'

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Botanical Name

Prunus caroliniana 'Compacta'

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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

The Dwarf Carolina Cherry Laurel is a compact evergreen shrub or small tree with neat, glossy leaves, that thrives in hot and dry areas where many other plants fail. It is perfect for making clipped hedges, screening, or cones and other trimmed forms for the garden. Trimmed or untrimmed it is ideal for background planting in larger shrub beds. It is a great choice for natural gardens too, as it is a valuable food source for butterflies and birds. It has scented white flowers in late winter or early spring, followed by tiny black cherries that are inedible. Once established it is drought resistant and salt-spray resistant too, so it is ideal for low-maintenance gardening throughout zones 8, 9 and 10.

  • Excellent glossy foliage for hedges and screens
  • Top choice for the warmest parts of the country
  • Attractive white flowers in early spring
  • Very resistant to drought and heat
  • Valuable wildlife food for natural plantings

The Dwarf Carolina Cherry Laurel grows in all light conditions, from full sun to full shade, and in almost any well-drained soil, including clay and alkaline soils. Once established it is very drought resistant, and it rarely suffers from pests or diseases, unless it is over-watered or grown in wet soil. Deer leave it alone, and it can be trimmed at almost any time, but spring after flowering is probably the best time.