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. Skip 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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This Plants Growzone: 6-9
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.

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Skip Cherry Laurel is an easy to grow evergreen shrub or hedge plant for filtered sunlight to dappled shade. Glossy, medium-green leaves with a refined look on a solid, vase-shaped form create a layered effect. Stalks of fragrant white flowers appear in spring. Schip is one of the hardiest of the Laurels. It makes a stunning hedge or accent plant that responds to pruning very well. This shrub is often called Schip Laurel or Cherry Laurel. Often Confused with the True English Laurel.

  • The fastest-growing evergreen hedging shrub that is not a conifer.
  • Very salt and drought tolerant make a great shrub for any condition.
  • One of the best shrubs for privacy.
  • Fragrant, sweet-smelling flowers.

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Full Description

Schip Laurel Evergreen Privacy Shrub

If you're looking for the perfect evergreen shrub that can be used to grow a screen or hedge, you can look no further than the Schip Laurel. Prunus laurocerasus schipkaensis is a fast-growing plant with glossy evergreen foliage. It's also a low maintenance plant that stands up to poor soil, heat, cold, and is drought tolerant while remaining one of the prettiest and most formal looking evergreens you'll ever see. 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 glossy green. Schip Laurel leaves are similar in appearance to the bay laurel leaves used in cooking, but they are more elongated and shiny. Its green foliage is so shiny that they'll look as if they've been polished. Schip laurels have proven themselves time after time to be a plant that can be used in about any landscape situation. Schip Laurels take all light conditions from shade to full sun. 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 and insect resistant which means you'll spend less time caring for these gems and more time enjoying their beauty. Given ideal growing conditions, Schip 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. it reaches a height of 14 to 16 feet tall 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. The dark green leaves of Schip Laurel are thick and full. If you want your privacy hedge to form a solid wall of greenery to the ground you can "underplant" schip's with smaller, lower-growing shrubs that can be used to cover the bare bottoms of the plants. Alternatively when the hedge reaches the required height simply remove the top growth of the plant which will cause it to fill in the lower sections of the plant. 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. There is just enough variation in the texture that the Otto's will differentiate themselves from their taller cousins. Schip laurels produce clusters of fragrant white flower spikes. as the flowers fade small cherry-sized red berries are born on the spent flower spikes which add another level of interest. This is where the common name "cherry Laurel" comes from. These 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. Gardeners who live in areas where deer are prevalent will benefit from yet another attribute of the Cherry laurel. Even though hungry deer will eat just about any plant when food sources are scarce, Schip laurels tend to go untouched by deer. Schip Laurels have proven over the years of being unattractive to deer; in fact, even the hungriest of deer completely ignore them. If a more informal look is what you're trying to achieve space Schip Laurels 5 to 6 feet apart on center. For an even a more open look, space them up 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. If you're wondering why it's called Schip Laurel or Skip Laurel, it was originally discovered growing in the Shipka Mountain Pass in Bulgaria. Over the years, "Shipka" was simply shortened to a more-easily remembered nickname Skip. it is a cultivar of the English laurel simply known as Prunus laurocerasus.


Planting Information

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. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Schip Cherry Laurel to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.


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