Cherry laurel, ideal plant for those who want and almost pretend to have a garden but do not want, or perhaps time, to do maintenance work frequently. For hedges, it's a perfect choice, but it can also be grown single, doesn't get sick often, doesn't attract pests, or can defend itself, and Cherry laurel it is not even particularly sensitive to the climate.
Cold or heat, humidity or drought except in truly extreme conditions, do not put him in difficulty. There are many varieties on the market, some with dark or reddish leaves, others more classic, most have small and very fragrant flowers.
Cherry laurel: evergreen hedge
Another reason for choosing the Cherry laurel is the fact that it is an evergreen plant, so the hedge we get lasts all year. Very comfortable. This precious shrub is native to Europe, some species also from Asia, but in Italy it goes a lot. In both public and private gardens.
Vigorous and resistant, shape Dense and compact “booths”, created by oval, lanceolate and toothed margin leaves. They have a slightly leathery consistency but to the eye they are dense and compact “separé” lights of green, dark green, or light green, or with reddish hues.
The Cherry laurel it also produces flowers, in spring, and we see them appear at the end of the branches, small and star-shaped, white and assembled in a sort of panicle. Some even their smell is bothersome, it is certainly very powerful, then it depends on your tastes.
Cherry laurel: pruning
Grows well, easily, but not exaggeratedly, the Cherry laurel, so it is enough that we prune it twice a year and we will get an orderly and lush hedge. As mentioned, it is not a particularly demanding shrub. Usually the best time to prune our green barrier is the beginning of June, for the pre-flowering phase, and the end of September, to prepare for the cold season.
This is the norm, then it's up to us to decide if we want to change the shape of the hedge or notice if and when ours Cherry laurel it is particularly in extension and therefore it is necessary to intervene to limit its spatial propagation. Maybe it appears in the street or in the neighbor's garden, or it becomes messy and unpleasant to the eye.
When planning these pruning interventions of the Cherry laurel extra we take care to avoid the end of winter because we could compromise spring flowering. Another thing to keep in mind is that in the early years pruning must obviously be more frequent, this is because they help branching and can ensure that our hedge grows compact and uniform.
Cherry laurel: diseases
Although it is not a plant very affected by parasites and easy to get sick, even the Cherry laurel has its enemies. One of the main ones is the piercing powdery mildew which attacks the youngest leaves during spring, covering them with a white patina.
If that happens we may find ourselves witnessing the necrotization of leaves same with consequent cuts and perforations. This fungus almost ignores the adult leaves, to make sure that it leaves all the leaves alone, however, we have to cut and burn the already infected parts. In spring it may be useful to spread wettable sulfur or a special antioid product.
Other enemies, more rarely present but still annoying, are others insects such as aphids and the oziorinco. Against the former we need an insecticide, otherwise we find leaves full of honeydew and fumaggine. With the second, the risk is to have leaves with dramatically and brutally nibbled margins, but above all the damaged roots. Which, although less visible, is much more serious. Also in this case, we need insecticides and those that must be chosen they kill the larvae.
Potted cherry laurel
So far we have assumed that the Cherry laurel be one plant for hedges and therefore only to be grown in the garden. It is true that it is its primary and most frequent use but nothing prevents us from having one Potted Cherry Laurel hedge, there are no contraindications and we will still have excellent results.
If we want to experiment with this shrub then, in extra hedge mode, we choose small varieties that are particularly suitable, especially if the pot is on the balcony or in a small garden or vegetable garden.
The Dwarf cherry laurel it is not at all uglier, on the contrary: vigorous and compact, it grows quite quickly and does not force us to give up flowers and greenery. Better to grow it in a large pot because in small pots, it could suffer excessively.
In the more than 40 different species of Cherry laurel we find 'Mount Vernon', a maximum of 30 cm high and definitely ideal for pots, among the smallest. Me too"Otto Luyken'Could go, given its compact habit, also characterized by small leaves. Other varieties, more like a hedge, but particular, are the Aureovariegata, with golden edges, Etna ', with young reddish cuivrées leaves, and the'Marbled White', Variegated in white.
Cherry laurel: berries
I talked about flowers that smell too much, of dark green leaves, with noticeable exceptions, but not yet some berries. Yet the Cherry laurel it produces some, they arrive after the flowers, and they are not particularly beautiful, but not even to be censored. They are a kind of opaque black olives when ripe, first more greenish and lighter.
The berries like the leaves of the Cherry laurel I'm definitely toxic, because they contain hydrogen cyanide. There is no high risk of poisoning because they are disgusting, but with children and animals better be careful.
Cherry laurel: price
The price of Cherry Laurel it is not high, it is a common and almost infesting shrub, so much so that it is considered invasive and leads some countries to hinder its presence. So it certainly can't cost gold. We must also add the fact that it is very simple that it multiplies by itself thanks to the animals and in particular to the blackbirds that feed on its fruits, "spitting out" the seeds here and there.
All these factors cause a sachet of Lauroceraso can cost 10 euros and contain 100 seeds, a plant costs one euro, but usually groups of five, ten or twenty are sold, with the idea of a hedge already.
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