Pleached Cherry Laurel, Common Laurel

Pleached Prunus laurocerasus ‘Novita’ (Rosaceae)

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Novita or Cherry Laurel is a quick growing evergreen with tree like qualities. A relatively new cultivar it is a hardy plant with mid green leaves which provides solid screening qualities relatively quickly. Similar in appearance to Rotundifolia it is tougher than this variety and more resilient to the cold too.

  • Evergreen
  • High Pleached options
  • Also available as screens and hedge plants
  • Stem girth from 10-12cm to 20-25cm, occasionally bigger available but they need booking in advance
  • Various stem heights and frame sizes available
  • Trained on frame in pleached form for 1-5+ years
  • Pleached Cherry Laurel is available in pots and containers
  • Nationwide delivery service by articulated lorry, smaller vehicle by prior arrangement

Here are some examples of pleached Cherry Laurel trees currently available. Click any image to enlarge or to send an enquiry about that specific plant.


Cherry Laurel ‘Novita’, Laurel Tree, Laurel Hedge, Cherry Laurel Pleached Tree – Prunus laurocerasus ‘Novita’ (Rosaceae)

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Novita’ is a cultivar of the popular Prunus laurocerasus (Common Laurel, English Laurel).

An evergreen shrub with large glossy leaves which can overcome difficult growing conditions. A fairly new cultivar, it is very similar in habit to the Cherry Laurel while having the added benefit of being much hardier and able to withstand colder temperatures down to -15C, which makes it an ideal tree for cooler parts of the United Kingdom.

A fast-growing evergreen shrub, its leaves resemble the Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia’s in shape and size. It has an upright habit initially but soon spreads and becomes very bushy achieving heights of 8-9 meters while many meters wide. We supply specimens up to 5m tall. Its leaves are large and glossy, mid green in colour, while its bark is brown to grey. Like the Common Cherry Laurel, white fragrant flowers appear on older plants in April, attracting bees. The blossom is followed shortly afterwards by black glossy berries. The plant and berries are poisonous so should not be consumed.

Like the Common Laurel this plant tolerates shade extremely well and can be seen thriving in gardens throughout the United Kingdom under the canopies of large trees. An extremely hardy plant – overgrown specimens can be coppiced to ground level to return the following season, full of vigor, with new growth easily achieving 60cm in one season.

Excellent as a screening trees or hedge it is a good choice when trying to block out traffic noise and prying eyes. Not suitable for the smallest gardens as it enjoys space to grow, it prefers to be pruned any time from May to mid-August to give the new growth a chance to harden before being subject to cold temperatures and the first frost. Pruning is best with secateurs or loppers as electric and petrol hedge cutters tear the large leaves and make for a rather unsightly finish.

As a hedge it has a loose, less formal, natural habit about it. Trying to keep a Cherry Laurel tightly clipped does not produce good visual results. It will tolerate all soil conditions including wet and dry soil but can take time to get going in chalk. In this instance add lots of rich soil first, and this should remedy the problem. With a relatively shallow root system it tolerates paving and hard landscaping covering the roots partially but not fully. The plant does well in tree containers and large pots, large and medium sized gardens and industrial areas.

Available as multi stem trees, hedge plants, instant hedge elements, specimen solitaire pieces, Hi pleached trees, screens and low pleached trees. A popular plant available in containers and pots while stocks last.

Planting advice for Pleached trees, Freshly Pleached trees, Espalier trees and Freshly Espaliered trees.

An important consideration when planting pleached Cherry Laurel in a straightfreshly pleached trees ready to be planted line is the slope of the ground. Pleached or Espalier trees look their best when they are planted on flat or gently sloping ground. Doing so will line up the frames and stems and creating effect of one continuous line when viewed at all angles. Even on a gradual slope this effect can be achieved. However, with a slope of more than 10-12 degrees, it may be necessary to step the trees/frames when planting (the frames on freshly pleached trees can be manipulated to account for a sharper slope of perhaps 15 degree if necessary).

To create a good visual effect, it is important to line up the stems and frames (unless you are planting them in a circle or semi-circle). To start off the planting holes should measure roughly double the width of the rootball or pot….

Read our pleached tree planting guide here

How are Pleached Trees made?

freshly pleaching trees on framePleached trees or screen trees start life as a seedling or cutting, much like any other tree, being repotted or replanted a number of times in their formative years. They grow happily on the nursery with hundreds or even thousands of other trees. When the time is right, highly skilled nurserymen and woman go out into the field amongst the trees with tags in hand and pick the very best trees for pleaching. The criteria for choosing the best trees for training includes, selecting those with the straightest stems, healthy root stock and appropriately spreading and uninform crowns. Once tagged and lifted the trees are loaded onto trailers and sent to potting sheds for training. Read how to pleach trees here

Delivery of our Pleached Cherry Laurel trees varies depending on:lifting large plants over a house

  • How many trees you require
  • If you want us to plant them
  • Accessibility of the site
  • If any need sourcing
  • The seasonal ability to lift or plant specific species

    Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

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