Q. Can Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkaensis" (Schip Laurel) be planted in almost full shade?

I have a customer that wants a privacy barrier along a fence line. She likes the Schip Laurels, but it's under a large tree with almost full shade. Will it survive this area? Every website, book I read is different.

Answer

Hello and thank you for your question about Prunus laurocerasus (Common Cherrylaurel, English laurel)

According to the Dirr's manual of woody Landscape Plants, Dr. Micheal A. Dirr says the species preforms best in moist, well-drained soil supplemented with organic matter; pH adaptable; full sun or shade, salt spray tolerant; avoid excessive fertilization; withstands pruning very well; best in partial to heavy shade in well-drained soil. But, I would be concerned planting a new shrub under mature tree which could cause competition and not good growing conditions for the new woody plant.

Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkaensis' Zone 5 to 8; at least 3 other froms are known and differ in growth habit, size and leaf characteristics. Partial shade conditions (I would take this to mean not full shade).

http://hort.uconn.edu/detail.php?pid=352

http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/shrubs/hgic1069.html

hope this is helpful.

Courtesy of The NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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