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Skip Cherry Laurel Shrubs

Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkaensis'

The Skip Cherry Laurel is a large evergreen shrub that is usually grown as a privacy screen or hedge. Schip Laurels can form an extremely dense, evergreen screen or wind-break. Red berries are formed in the summer.

Growzone: 6-9

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Skip Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkaensis'), also known as Schip Laurel or Cherry Laurel, is an easy to grow evergreen shrub or hedge plant. Its glossy evergreen foliage and solid, vase-shaped form creates an elegant layered effect, making it one of the prettiest and most formal looking evergreens you'll ever see. It is a very fast-growing evergreen shrub that makes a great privacy screen or hedge shrub for any condition. Schip Laurel's hardy disposition and green foliage that is so shiny it looks as if its been polished has made it one of the most popular shrubs on the market.

The most noticeable feature of any hedge is the appearance of its foliage. The common name, cherry laurel, hints at the resemblance of its leaves to true laurel leaves, which are beautifully oblong and dark green. Prunus laurocerasus schipkaensis has beautiful stalks of fragrant, white flowers that appear in the spring. Another level of interest is added as the flower fades and small cherry sized red berries are born on the spent flower spikes. This is where the common name "cherry laurel" comes from.

These berries are edible by humans but very sour. They are far more prized by the birds which will flock to your garden not just in the summer and fall for the berries but also in the winter. During the winter months, schip laurels provide the perfect habitat for non-migratory songbirds which will thank you for providing the wide spreading coverage that is so much needed during the winter months.

Given ideal growing conditions, Skip Laurels can grow up to 2.5 feet per year! Even in a less-than-ideal environment, its height can increase by 1.5 feet each year, reaching a height of 14 to 16 feet if left unpruned. Its rapid growth rate makes it one of the most useful plants for creating privacy or simply screening out unsightly areas of your yard.

English laurels have proven themselves time after time to be plants that can be used in about any landscape situation. Skip Laurels are low maintenance, can tolerate poor soil conditions, and are heat, cold, and drought tolerant. It can take all light conditions including full sun but is best suited for filtered sunlight to dappled shade. It's not often you come across a plant that can take those conditions as well as just about any soil moisture from dry to moist with no ill effects. One of the things that draw most people to the Schip is they discover that it is disease, insect, and deer resistant, which means you'll spend less time caring for these gems and more time enjoying their beauty.

Skip Cherry Laurel Planting GuideHow to Plant Skip Cherry Laurel Privacy Hedges


The dense, green foliage of Schip Laurel is thick and full. If you want your privacy hedge to form a solid wall of greenery to the ground, you can underplant schips with smaller, lower-growing shrubs that can be used to cover the bare bottoms of the plants.

Space the smaller shrubs far enough from the base of your Skip Laurels so that the mature size of both types of plants don't touch the base so much that the smaller evergreens get lost in Skip's foliage. We call this space negative space and it is one of the fundamental rules of landscape design. Otto Luyken Laurels are a great choice for underplanting due to their slightly smaller leaves.

For an informal look, space Skip Laurels 5 to 6 feet apart on center. For an even more open look, space them up to 10 feet apart. For a formal or dense hedge, space each plant only 3 to 4 feet apart. As the plants mature, their branches will overlap and they'll form a continuous solid hedge.

Growing Zone: 6-9
Mature Height: 14 to 16 Feet Untrimmed
Mature Width: 5 to 6 Feet
Classification: Broad leaved evergreen shrub
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Habit: Densely branched, upright
Foliage: Dark green
Flower Color: White fragrant flowers that produce red berries
Pruning Season: Prune in spring after flowering if needed
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as in the mixed border, foundations, or as a privacy hedge
This Plants Growzone: 6-9
Skip Cherry Laurel Shrubs Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Skip Cherry Laurel Shrubs

Before you buy a Skip Cherry Laurel, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How to Plant Skip Cherry Laurel Shrubs?

How to Plant Skip Cherry Laurel Shrubs?

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Skip Cherry Laurel plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil, you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil, usually a 50/50 mix. This will help the young feeder roots of Schip Cherry Laurel to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. This prevents stem rot and allows the plant to receive proper air circulation.

How Do I Mulch Skip Cherry Laurel Shrubs?

How Do I Mulch Skip Cherry Laurel Shrubs?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Schip Cherry Laurel with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch, depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do, but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they break down. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A two to three inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant to prevent stem rot.

How Do I Fertilize Schip Cherry Laurels?

How Do I Fertilize Schip Cherry Laurels?

Plants such as Schip Cherry Laurel grow best if they are fertilized once in the spring and again in early summer. They favor nutrient-rich soil and ample fertilization. Laurels benefit from fertilizers that raise the acid level of the soil, such as Holly-Tone by Espoma. When selecting a fertilizer for your Schip Laurel, if soil pH is not an issue, a simple balanced fertilizer can be used such as Tree-tone. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum effect. If you choose to use chemical fertilizers, applying a slow-release, balanced fertilizer once a year in the spring. Don't fertilize Schip Cherry Laurel after August in the north. Fall is the time for cherry laurels to begin preparing for dormancy. Fertilizing at this time may stimulate new growth that will be too tender to withstand the winter. In the South, a late summer into September application would be about right. Over-fertilization can be much more detrimental than under-fertilization.

How Do I Water Skip Cherry Laurel Shrubs?

How Do I Water Skip Cherry Laurel Shrubs?

After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost, give the Schip Cherry Laurel a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day thereafter. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. You’ll want to water the bushes regularly after planting until they’ve been well established. We like to tell folks that when watering, it's best not to water the foliage of the plant. Water at the base of the plant near the soil line only. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.

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