Prunus laurocerasus 'IVORY'®

Prunus laurocerasus
Prunus laurocerasus 'IVORY'®
Cherry laurel, common laurel, English laurel
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1.5-3m
USUAL WIDTH 1-2m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green a white
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full sun to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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We are specialists in evergreen plants and we offer the widest possible range of quality plants. English (cherry) laurel is probably the most common and reliable species. This new variety was introduced only in 2006 in the Netherlands.

Ivory is a fantastic new variegated cherry laurel. It was found as a naturally occurring mutation of Caucasica hence its similar features. Evergreen leaves are 10-12 cm long, oval, flat and medium glossy. The base colour is very deep green, splashed with irregular blotches of almost snow white, not yellowish-cream. The varigation resembles aucuba japonica Crotonifolia. The interesting fact is that this varigation is conspicuous on young leaves and is reduced as the leaves mature. The end result is that the shrub has almost green bottom leaves which make a perfect background for fresh and bright whitish ones at the top. The overall effect is, if I may say so, as if a painter splashed a bucket of white paint on top of it. But in a very artistic way!

This variety is a reliable bloomer, too. Compound flowers are white, fragrant and appear in April and May, followed by very ornamental but poisonous fruits. If you want to prune it, do so in early spring after the frost or in mid summer.

Laurels need slightly deep and fertile, acidic, moist soil, and extra watering in frost-free periods in winter to prevent from drying out before the ground gets frozen. It will thrive in full sun or part shade, and will also tolerate being grown in full shade. It seldom suffers from chlorosis (leaves turning yellow owing to lack of iron in the soil) but when it does use a special liquid soil pH balancer to keep it acidic which will help the plant absorb iron. Fully hardy to -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update 01-01-2009.
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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