Cherry Laurel hedges are one of the most popular evergreen hedging plants that we sell because they are fast growers. These Prunus Laurocerasus Rotundifolia plants are 120-140cm high in 20 litre pots and can be planted at 2 plants per metre.
What Does a Rotundifolia Laurel Look Like?
As the name suggests, Rotundifolia is known for its rounded leaves, which are typically broader and more elliptical compared to other cherry laurel varieties. These leaves have a glossy sheen and a deep green colour, adding to the plant’s aesthetic appeal.
This cultivar is valued for its dense, bushy growth habit, which makes it ideal for creating privacy screens or hedges. With regular pruning, it can be maintained at a desired height and shape, forming a lush and attractive barrier in the landscape.
Like other cherry laurel varieties, Rotundifolia can grow to be a large shrub or small tree, depending on environmental conditions and pruning practices. It typically reaches heights of 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) tall and spreads to form a wide canopy.
In spring, Rotundifolia produces clusters of fragrant white flowers, similar to other cherry laurel varieties. These blooms are followed by small black fruits, though they are not typically consumed by humans due to their toxicity.
How to Keep a Healthy Laurel Hedge
Rotundifolia thrives in moist, well-drained soil and prefers partial to full sun exposure. It is relatively low-maintenance once established, requiring occasional watering and fertilisation. It is also tolerant of a range of soil types and pH levels.
Due to its dense foliage and attractive appearance, Rotundifolia is widely used in landscaping for both practical and ornamental purposes. It can be planted as a standalone specimen, used to create formal hedges or screens, or incorporated into mixed borders and foundation plantings.
While cherry laurel cultivars, including Rotundifolia, are generally hardy plants, they may require protection from harsh winter conditions, especially in colder climates. Mulching around the base of the plant and providing windbreaks can help improve cold tolerance.
Overall, Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’ is a versatile and attractive cultivar of cherry laurel, prized for its rounded leaves, dense growth habit, and suitability for various landscaping applications. Whether used for privacy screening, as a focal point in the garden, or as part of a mixed planting scheme, Rotundifolia adds beauty and functionality to outdoor spaces.