Portuguese Laurels hedging plants, whilst slower growing than Cherry Laurels, have many other qualities that make them perfectly suited to a boundary hedge. A Portuguese Laurel hedge has smaller and darker green leaves than common laurel and these contrast beautifully with the almost plum coloured stems. The slower growing nature of the Portugal laurel hedge allows for it to be trimmed neatly to create a formal hedge or even as loose topiary shapes. The key benefit of the slower growing nature is that once the desired hedge height is reached then it will require much less maintenance to keep the hedge looking tidy and within bounds. Portuguese laurel hedging plants respond well to clipping and will grow well in most conditions being tolerant of shade and poor (even chalk) soils. The flowers of the Portuguese Laurel hedge are small white and almost fluff-like but certainly, add to their charm. The flowers produced in Spring in turn make way for berries which start out cherry-red and mature to a glossy black. Portuguese Laurels are evergreen and an excellent choice for a more architectural, lower maintenance formal hedge or screen.
Portuguese Laurel Hedge Plants
Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) are known for being a popular evergreen shrub, they are commonly used for hedging in gardens and landscaping. This evergreen shrub has a growth rate of 30-50cm per annum and can grow up to 12 metres (40 feet) tall and 8 metres (26 feet) wide. With dark green and glossy foliage, as well as small white flowers that grow in the summer. These plants can also produce small red fruits in the autumn. They are the same family (Prunus) as common laurel but different in appearance as the leaves are smaller and darker than those of English Laurel. Portuguese Laurels are popular for hedging as they are dense with a compact growth habit. They can be pruned into more formal hedges or left to grow naturally for a more informal look. It’s also important to keep these types of hedging well-watered through the summer and drier periods for maximum growth. If a Portuguese Laurel sounds like the right hedging for you, make sure that you check out Hedging UK and take a look at our range of hedge plants.
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These types of hedge plants require well-draining soil and a position in full sun or partial shade. The Portuguese Laurel can also tolerate some drought but performs best with regular watering. When it comes to care and maintenance, the Portuguese Laurel hedge requires little maintenance, only regular watering and occasional pruning for younger plants. Pruning can be done in the spring or Autumn, but avoid pruning during the summer when the plant is producing its new growth. It is important to avoid over-pruning, as this can lead to bare patches on the plant. Portuguese Laurel hedging is known for being a versatile hedge plant that is easy to maintain and looks good all year round, for more information on the instant hedging plants that we grow, make sure you check out Hedging UK today.
When it comes to wildlife, the Portuguese Laurel is a highly attractive hedge that produces small white flowers, which attract bees and other insects, the fruits of the hedge also appeal to birds. As well as attracting wildlife, the Portuguese Laurel is an attractive option for your hedge, whether you want something formal and structured or you need hedging that can grow naturally and is more informal. The Portuguese Laurel is a perfect option for you and your landscape, for more information or if you have any questions, get in touch with Hedging UK today.
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Here at Hedging UK we are known for being a friendly, family run business as well as being specialist growers of quality hedging. When it comes to growing Portuguese laurel hedges, we aim to grow top quality container grown evergreen and deciduous hedging. All of the pot grown Portuguese laurel hedges we grow are grown outside on our own nursery in Holmeswood, Lancashire producing robust plants that are quick to establish as there has been no disruption to the plants root system. Our hedge plants are available to purchase at wholesale prices across the UK through our mail order service. Our customers include Landscapers, Local Authorities, Garden Centres, Tree Surgeons, Schools and Private customers. Our experience in this market enables us to offer the best quality hedging plants with a price and service to match.
Our nursery is located in Holmeswood, Lancashire in the north west of England and is not open to the general public. Whilst the nursery is predominantly a mail order business, customers are welcome to come and see our range of hedging plants and purchase plants at the nursery, but please do so by appointment only, contact our team today.