Privacy is a valuable thing and it can be hard to achieve quickly when you need it. It can be especially hard to find tough, fast-growing plants that will tolerate shade and dryness and yet produce a dense hedge. Schipka Cherry Laurel is the ideal tree for those situations. A ten foot hedge can be grown in four years from even small plants. As the hedge matures it will become so solid that nothing can get through. Yet it needs very little care, it will grow in full-sun or shade, tolerate drought, has no pests or diseases and needs no special care at all. The more you trim it the denser and more beautiful it will become. Rounded or square, hedges of all shapes can be easily created with the Schipka Cherry Laurel. Besides being grown as a hedge this is an excellent choice for foundation planting or anywhere you want rounded or upright clipped shrubs to give your garden that mature, traditional look. The Schipka variety of Cherry Laurel has much smaller leaves than common forms of this plant, so it makes a much neater, more compact hedge, while still growing vigorously to any size needed.
Schipka Cherry Laurel will easily grow 2 feet a year. If left untrimmed it will reach 10 to 18 feet in height, so a hedge of almost any size is easily achieved. Yet it can also be maintained at just a few feet tall for years and years. It has glossy dark-green leaves that always look lush and healthy.
This plant is extremely resistant to drought and poor soil conditions once established. Even if you do little more than push it into the ground it will grow rapidly. It has few if any pests and diseases and is very deer resistant, so nothing is going to stop your Schipka Cherry Laurel from always looking healthy.
The Cherry Laurel, Prunus laurocerasus, is also called English Laurel. It grows naturally around the Black Sea, in Turkey and in Iran. It was introduced into gardens in the rest of Europe hundreds of years ago and brought to America by the settlers. The Schipka Schipka Cherry Laurel was found growing wild near the Schipka Pass in Bulgaria, and introduced to European gardens about 1886. Unlike the wild tree, which has very large leaves, the Schipka form, with its smaller leaves and rapid growth is much easier to prune, and so very much more desirable and suitable for gardens than other varieties.
Schipka Cherry Laurel will grow into a rounded tree perhaps 18 feet tall and 10 to 20 feet across, but its main value is in making hedges and screens, as it is one of the very best trees for clipping. It does have clusters of white flowers in spring, like upright candles, followed by cherry-like fruits, but flowers are rarely produced on plants grown for hedges. The leaves are thick, glossy and dark-green. They are 2 to 4 inches long but become even smaller on clipped plants. Despite its name, the black ‘cherry’ fruits which are sometimes produced and eaten by birds should not be eaten by humans. The leaves are also toxic, so do not use this plant for a hedge if livestock can reach it.
Schipka Cherry Laurel is hardy in zones 6 to 9, so it will grow throughout the south, west and most of the east of America. It does especially well in southern states. It should not be grown in the Pacific Northwest where it can spread into the natural forests.
Schipka Cherry Laurel will grow in almost any soil, and it tolerates poor soils, clay and urban air-pollution. However to produce a strong healthy hedge in the quickest time add organic material like compost, peat-moss or rotted manure to the soil when planting and give plenty of water during the first few years. Once established and grown to a suitable height this plant will tolerate and even thrive on total neglect, never needing watering or fertilizing at all. Clipping can be done at almost any time, but late winter and early summer are perhaps the best times. Keep the top of your hedge narrower than the bottom so that you will always have dense foliage right to the ground.
Schipka Cherry Laurel has been selected to produce especially fast-growing plants with smaller leaves. Our trees are grown the correct way, from branch cuttings of these special trees. That way every tree is identical to the original so they will produce a very uniform effect when planted in a row. However these take longer to produce, so avoid cheaper, seedling trees that will only be a disappointment.
Plant your Schipka Cherry Laurel plants 3 to 4 feet apart for a hedge that will quickly provide privacy. For a dense windbreak, plant a double row. Space the two rows 2 feet apart and the plants 4 to 5 feet apart, staggering them to form a zigzag. This will grow into a thick, impenetrable hedge and windbreak that guarantees absolute privacy. Dig a trench twice as wide as the pots and just a little deeper. Place your plants in the trench, spaced correctly, replace most of the soil and firm it well down. Fill the trench with water and when it has drained away replace the rest of the soil.
Schipka Cherry Laurel is amazing for its ability to grow strongly in both sun and partial shade. So if part of your hedge is shaded it will be just as strong as the part in the sun. Keep your plants well-watered as they establish, but once established Schipka Cherry Laurel will take drought and heat, making it a great choice for southern gardeners.
We sell only trees that are true to the original form and we have a wide range of sizes to give you the best plant for your purpose. However we are constantly renewing our stock so our customers get fresh, healthy plants, so supplies of this tree may be limited. To avoid disappointment order now.