Prunus Laurocerasus Novita’s leaves are obovate and glossy mid-green all year round. They grow densely on strong, flexible upright stems. In April small fragrant creamy-white flowers appear that are loved by bees. Flowers are followed by small black berries in autumn.
This cultivar of cherry laurel is very popular because it’s hardy and quick growing but you can easily maintain it with shears or secateurs (preferable in order to avoid cutting through the large leaves).
Height and Spread Cherry Laurel Novita Prunus Laurocerasus Novita will reach a maximum height of six metres and spread across the same distance. This makes it an excellent hedging plant. Keeping the plants shorter at around 1-2 metres results in a rich densely-packed hedge that’s a perfect deterrent against intruders and a haven for wildlife.
How Hardy is Cherry Laurel Novita Prunus Novita is exceptionally hardy. It will grow throughout the UK and survive sub-zero temperatures in exposed, windy places. It thrives in coastal areas too so long as the ground is not waterlogged.
How To Use Cherry Laurel Novita The most popular way to use Prunus Laurocerasus Novita is hedging or screening as it quickly grows into a thick private barrier without any fuss. It can also be used as low maintenance mixed planting, for soil erosion control, and evergreen structure through the seasons. Plant at two-metre intervals to create a dense hedge or dot them around your garden to provide evergreen interest and shelter for birds.
How To Care For Cherry Laurel Novita Prunus Laurocerasus Novita needs very little care because it thrives in all soils and grows facing any direction. Once established its drought hardy and tolerates exposed conditions well. Prune back branches in spring or late summer to maintain the required height and neatness or let it run wild in a wildlife garden. This cherry laurel grows quickly so yearly pruning is essential if you want to maintain a certain height.
Water Prunus Laurocerasus Novita well until it’s established and apply a thick application of mulch in spring to retain moisture and keep down competitive weeds. This leads to a healthy, glossy and fast-growing cherry laurel.