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Cherry Laurel 'Centre Court™'

Prunus caroliniana Centre Court

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Growing Zones: 7-10
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

30 ft.

Mature Width:

15 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Prunus caroliniana Centre Court

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Perfect for Urban Settings

Here's why you should get to know Cherry Laurel:

  • Beautiful, resilient tree grows well in urban settings
  • Versatile and compact enough to use as a hedge or shrub
  • Incredible white blooms resemble cherry flowers
  • Sweet fragrance

The Cherry Tree that's also a Cherry Shrub

The versatility of the Cherry Laurel makes it a favorite among discriminating landscapers. The Cherry-or English Laurel as it's also known-can be pruned to form an ornamental hedge that will provide a showy screen for all to admire from either side. For those who love the look of a cherry without the edible fruit, the Laurel is a sweet alternative to common hedges.

Put a little English on it

Imagine lining your landscape's boundaries dressed with a hedge that's easy to care for as well as beautiful. That's what you get with the English Laurel. The rich, waxy green foliage is only outdone by the white, fragrant racemes that bloom in the spring. The soft, showy clusters of flowers give way to black berries to add the perfect accent.

Although the Cherry Laurel possesses a gentle beauty for a hedge, its ability to withstand the most challenging environments makes it a favorite among landscapers and home gardeners. Whether you plant it as a tree or incorporate it as a designer shrub, don't hedge!

Get your Cherry Laurel today.

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Love them as trees.
I don’t know what bird eats the beautiful berries. The two big trees are filled with them. Easy to care for. I prune inside to let the wind pass through.
Love my Laurals. They about 6 yrs. This one was transplanted so is behind. Need water until mature.
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August 6, 2018
Beautiful, Healthy and Fast Growing
We had Laurels planted in front of our previous home, that were left by the former owners. Those bushes were appx 5 years old when we moved in and around 12 when we left. They were full, tall and overall, healthy. SO easy to care for. We loved them! Our "new" home was in desperate need of landscape, quickly. I found these and bought 6 to begin landscaping around our country porch. Purchased and planted in June 2016. We did minimal soil prep with just planting soil and mulch. Almost Daily watering during the steamy Virginia summer days. Slowed to twice weekly watering at fall. It is now November 2016 and all of the Laurels are filling out, growing at a great pace, with healthy, deep green leaves. We have done zero to baby them along. A few that are in shadier spots are growing a bit slower in height but are growing fuller. The plants in sunnier areas are growing taller more rapidly, but are not getting as full as their friends in the shade. I just bought 2 more to replace some dead azaleas. They arrived very healthy - just waiting for their leaves to pop and unfurl. Photo shows the laurel I planted 6 mos ago next to one I planted a week ago. You can see how even the fallen oak leaves piled up around themshrubs are not damaging them. Beautiful, hearty shrub!
New plant (Nov 2016) next to shrub planted May 2016. zone 7. North of Central VA.  Medium sunlight.
Newly planted (Nov 2016).  Zone 7 North of Central VA.  Medium Sunlight
Planted six mos ago (May 2016). zone 7. Just north of Central VA.  Medium sunlight.
November 5, 2016

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Cherry Laurel 'Centre Court™'

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Cherry Laurel 'Centre Court™'.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Cherry Laurel 'Centre Court™' gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Cherry Laurel 'Centre Court™' again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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How fast does it grow?
A shopper on Jul 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This is a very fast growing shrub with a growth rate upwards of 25 inches per year.
Are these deer resistant ??
Kathy C on Mar 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They are seldom damaged by deer. If they get hungry enough they will eat anything.
Are these berries toxic to children or dogs?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Cherry Laurel 'English Laurel' berries can cause discomfort to humans if ingested.
Will it grow in zone 5?
Barbara Anne on Apr 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is not recommended for zone 5 winters. A Flowering Almond would work well in your area and will reach about the same height and width as the Cherry Laurel.
how far apart does one space these for a privacy hedge?
william Z on Apr 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We had mature laurel shrubs at our previous home. Very thick, full hedge by our front porch. They were planted appx 4 feet apart. You could not tell where one plant ended and another started. Very easy to trim as needed. Beautiful.
Will it work in a shady setting?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We planted several of these in May 2016. Most receive only partial sun, with 2 of them receiving little to no sun. The sunnier plantings are shooting up in height faster, but the shadier shrubs are filling out and thickening more quickly. Both sunny and shady area plantings are doing beautifully - healthy and deep green leaves.
does it stay green in the winter?
A shopper on Jul 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes the Cherry Laurel stays green year around. It's an evergreen shrub.
Can this cherry laurel withstand the sun in central Texas?
Lois D on Mar 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
how big are they when shipped and how long will it take to get to 8 feet?
v b on Sep 10, 2018
English Laurel: what is a good spray to kill something that is eating the leaves leaving small round holes on the leaf. I can not see any bugs on the leaf?
thanks George
george d on Jul 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Seven dust or any organic pesticide will work well. It sounds like you have caterpillars. They like to munch on leaves and then leave.
Will this grow in Zone 6?
Skyler on Nov 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: some sights show it will grow in zone 6, some do not. It grows quite well in England, which I am sure gets quite cold. From what I have read from England it is good down to minus 20 degrees.
Is this deer resistant?
Anthony S on May 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: While deer on our land eat up everything in sight, including azalea and forsythia - not one deer has ventured to our laurels!
hello. How wide do these get and are the berries edible for birds?
A shopper on Jun 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Birds do eat these berries and the Cherry Laurel gets about 4 feet wide.
I was wondering if this tree can be pruned to a tapered tree shape?
Debbie S on Jun 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can prune them into a tree shape.
will it grow in zone 13b?
Omayra A on Apr 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Does the Cherry Laurel's roots spread extensively, in other words, can this plant be used close to the foundation of your house?
EDWARD A on Sep 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No they do not have an extensive or invasive root system, so you could plant bear a foundation.
When and how do you trim them back??
Peggy L on Jun 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: An area of cultivated shrubs in a park or garden is known as a shrubbery. When clipped as topiary, shrubs and hedges generally have dense foliage and many small leafy branches growing close together. Many shrubs and hedges respond well to renewal pruning, in which hard cutting back to a “stool” results in long new stems known as “canes.” Other shrubs and hedges respond better to selective pruning to reveal their structure and character.

Trimming a shrub or hedge helps to promote bushy growth. If a flail cutter is used, then the flail must be kept sharp to ensure that the cutting is effective on the shrub or hedge. The disadvantage of this is that the shrub or hedge species takes a number of years before it will flower again and subsequently bear fruit for wildlife and people. If the shrub or hedge is trimmed repeatedly at the same height, a “hard knuckle” will start to form at that height – similar to the shape of a Pollard tree.
Looking to put these near pool area... do the flowers attract a large number of bees?
Jason T on May 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Any flowering trees will attract some bees.
How does the roots grow? Can this tree be planted very close to a pool? I am concern if I should plant this tree next to my pool that have stone deck over sand and the roots push the stone up over time..
Aurea A on Jul 11, 2018

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