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Prunus Laurocerasus Genolia Laurel Instant Hedging Screens This new evergreen cherry laurel hybrid is a product of the Genolier Arboretum in Switzerland and is known to be particularly hardy. Prunus Laurocerasus Genolia (also known as Cherry Laurel Genolia or simply Genolia Laurel) has a narrow upright or fastigiate growth habit which is ideal where a tall dense hedging screen is required.
These particular Prunus Laurocerasus Genolia plants have been nurtured and grown in rows of 5 or 6 plants and have been trained on a bamboo frame to maximise the screening effect. We refer to them as Instant Hedging Screens as they provide immediate privacy. These instant hedging screens are perfect when you want an instant hedging screen in a hurry. They are also very useful for narrow spaces as the row of plants is not overly wide.
The Genolia Laurel is a fast-growing. When mature, these hedging screen generally stands 5 to 10 meters with a spread of only about 80 centimetres wide. The wonderfully slim, upright growth patterns of the Genolia Laurel are very strict from youth to maturity, which means that the hedge rarely requires clipping to maintain its appearance. That said, Prunus Laurocerasus Genolia will tolerate pruning well. Even when coppiced to almost ground level, it will still regrow with a strong upright habit. The stems and branches of the shrub are tough and do not readily break which makes it a good choice to stand up to wind.
The evergreen foliage of the Genolia Laurel is eye-catching. The dark green leaves are elongated, somewhat narrow and glossy. When a leaf is crushed it releases the aroma of almonds. Flower buds appear on the shrub in the autumn months and winter, however, they do not open until late spring or early summer. The shrub produces fragrant white flowers that form large clusters. The flowers are a favourite of bees and butterflies. Following flowering, a limited number of red cherry-like fruits form that are generally rapidly consumed by songbirds and other woodland creatures. However, if the berries persist into autumn they turn a dark, blackish shade.
These exceptionally tough Prunus Laurocerasus Genolia Hedging Screens grow in virtually any well-draining soil. They tolerates full sun or partial shade. This hardy hedging screen has the ability to cope with temperature extremes such as hot summers and snowy winters. During its first year of growth, it should be kept evenly moist to encourage root formation. However, once established, your hedging screen should withstand short periods of drought.
The Genolia Laurel is an excellent, virtually carefree shrub to produce instant privacy screens quickly and effectively. Once established, it will quickly form a medium to tall hedge that provides year-round privacy.