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Skip Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus
Skip Laurel
Skip Laurel
Skip Laurel
Skip Laurel
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Skip Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus

Extremely Dense, Evergreen Screen Hedge

  • Small, glossy evergreen foliage is beautiful year-round
  • Easy to grow! Even in difficult urban conditions
  • Drought and deer resistant
  • One of our hardiest hedges
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Product Details

growing zone 5-10 Growing Zones 5-10
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full, Partial, Shade
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 5-6 Feet
Growth Rate Moderate
Bloom Color White
Shipping Restriction AZ

Also known as the Schipka Cherry Laurel, this hardy evergreen shrub grows very dense, making it perfect for privacy hedges or windbreaks. It grows equally well in sun or shade, is drought tolerant, deer resistant, and adaptable to many soil conditions.

The Skip Laurel has dense, glossy evergreen foliage with white, candle-like flowers in autumn and winter.

Skip Laurel FAQ

How far apart should I plant Skip Laurel bushes?

Skip Laurel bushes can grow up to 20 feet tall. If you desire a taller screen or windbreak, you should space your bushes at least 15 feet apart. If you are growing a hedge, space your Laurels between 5 and 10 feet apart. 

Does the Skip Laurel need to be fertilized?

If the soil is missing or low on nutrients, use a nutrient-specific fertilizer. Otherwise, you'll want to fertilize your Skip Laurel with shrub and tree fertilizer. 

Skip Laurel Care

Once established, your Skip Laurel will need no maintenace! You can leave this hedge unclipped for an organic, natural shape or prune in the fall for a manicured hedge. 


Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball and as deep. Center your Skip Laurel in the hole and back fill with soil, watering as you go to remove air pockets. Top with two to three inches of mulch to preserve water and prevent weeds. 


Water your newly planted Skip Laurel with at least an inch of water per week. Once established the Skip Laurel is drought tolerant and will not require regular watering. 


Use a shrub and tree fertilizer like Root Rocket to keep your Skip Laurel healthy and growing strong. Follow fertilizer directions. 

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