Mount Vernon Laurel

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Mount Vernon Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Mount Vernon') is an English Laurel with upright spreading glossy broadleaf evergreen leaves making the most elegant, low-growing underlayment beneath trees and shrubs!

The dense and low-growing form is an ideal bird habitat and shelter for wildlife! But hang a couple of bird feeders in the area since this form of English Laurel is sterile and won't produce flowers or messy fruit.

Mount Vernon English Laurel stays under 3 feet tall but can spread and cover 3-6 feet in width, making this dwarf broadleaf evergreen fantastic for covering wide areas. Its moderate growth rate and easy-going needs make these hardy plants throughout the USDA growing zones 6-9! This shrub handles full sun to full shade and everything in between!

Planting and Application:

Wide-spreading dwarf Laurel are ideal for foundation plantings and as low-growing property-defining hedges! They are also ideal for year-round greenery and facer shrub plantings, hiding the bare leggy stems of older, larger plants and adding green skirting around trees and structures. Taking to shearing no problem, you can sculpt and create formal banks of green with ease that can be worked into any sized garden!

Mount Vernon doesn't produce any flowers or fruit, so you can plant these shrubs along driveways, pathways, and sidewalks, or around your seating areas without the worry that fruit will leave stains or mess!

Mount Vernon Laurel can spread! Fill large areas of sun or shade where otherwise bare ground would be at moderate speed. Create low screening, Bird-Friendly habitat along the back of your property without the worry deer will arrive to the buffet. Plant atop a hard-to-mow hillside for safety, slow water runoff, and halt erosion while adding dark green color throughout the entire year!

  • Low Growing Wide Spreading Dwarf Form
  • Dwarf English Laurel
  • Sterile - No Flowers & No Fruit
  • Broadleaved Evergreen Grown for Glossy Green Foliage
  • Great Groundcover & Facer Shrub
  • Low Hedges, Foundations, Pathways & Sidewalks

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Laurel bushes are native to America and can grow in nearly any combination of soil and sun, doing best in full sun or partial shade. Preferring more sun in cool climates, and more shade in warmer areas. Mount Vernon even adapts to full shade, especially in the hottest of its favored hardiness zones. Laurel thrives in slightly deep, fertile, moist, humusy, well-drained soil, yet tolerates poor, sandy, or clay soils. Water deeply, and regularly in the first growing season to establish the root system, but once established, reduce watering frequency. Established plants can tolerate dry shade.

Laurel are easy to grow and require almost no maintenance, aside from optional Pruning which is best performed as soon as early spring. The other reason everyone loves these underused shrubs? Deer seem to avoid them unless desperate!

  • Full Shade
  • Humusy Well-Drained Soil - Even Clay
  • Moderate Moisture - Tolerates Dry Shade Once Established
  • Appreciates Mulch
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Deer Resistant

Let the Mount Vernon Dwarf Laurel fill your landscape with verdant color all year long! Hurry and order this dwarf English Laurel today from and get your next hedge delivered to your doorstep!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Mount Vernon Laurel Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus laurocerasus 'Mount Vernon'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 18 - 30 inches
Mature Spread 3 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Slow
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Fragrant No