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Prunus Laurocerasus Marbled White
This is a new variety of Cherry Laurel. Cherry Laurel Marbled White is unusual in that a white-veined variegation runs across the surface of its glossy dark green leaves. It certainly stands out from other leafy hedging shrubs in the laurel family. In the spring large conical spires of white flowers appear on the branch tips. These usually arrive in March or April but can arrive earlier if we have a mild winter. The flowers are tiny but fragrant and they attract bees, butterflies, moths plus many other vital pollinating insects. The RHS has awarded it a Perfect for Pollinators title. These pretty white flowers ripen into red or black berries during the autumn. These are not edible but are popular with wildlife. Alternatively, grow as a specimen shrub. Prunus Laurocerasus Marbled White provides dense evergreen growth. It’s a perfect hedging choice reaching a maximum five metres by five metres.
Prunus Laurocerasus Marbled White Hardiness Levels Prunus Laurocerasus Marbled White is a hardy shrub in all areas of the UK, and it’s one of the easiest to care for. Drought resistant, it will grow in almost all conditions. It prefers free-draining fertile soil but will happily grow in alkaline, acid and neutral soil types. Sun or partial shade is tolerated. There are few situations a laurel will not thrive in, but water-logged ground is not suitable.
How To Use Prunus Laurocerasus Marbled White All laurels make an ideal thick hedge or living screen to cover a plain fence or unsightly shed. Prunus Laurocerasus Marbled White quickly forms a dense hedge and with its distinctive markings provides more interest than standard laurels. To form a hedge space individual shrubs 75cm apart. Over time the shrubs will merge into deep hedging appreciated by wildlife. It also has the added benefit of cutting down on traffic noise and providing shelter from winds. Prunus Laurocerasus is useful as screen for your vegetable garden or around a seating or BBQ area. Alternatively you can prune a large Prunus Laurocerasus Marbled White into an attractive low maintenance specimen plant. It’s possible to prune a ball, conical or fan shaped specimen from laurel. To create a mixed evergreen hedge, consider combining Marbled White with other varieties of Laurel such as Prunus Laurocerasus regular Cherry Laurel or Portuguese Laurel.
How To Care For Your Prunus Laurocerasus Marbled White Prunus Laurocerasus Marbled White is a great choice for the low maintenance garden. It will grow in sun or semi-shade in a spectrum of soils from loamy to sandy to clay. In the early days cherry laurels will benefit from some support. Mulch them well with organic matter and water young plants until they are well-established. Remove any dead stems or crossed branches. Prune back hard after flowering to contain the height or trim in early spring as this produces new healthy growth.
Prunus Laurocerasus Marbled White is a great hedging and specimen plant choice. It’s an easy to care for, hardy and practical choice that provides an eye-catching splash of colour all year round.