Schipka Laurel

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Talk about resting on your Laurels, the beautiful Cherry Laurel variety Schipka Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkanensis') is a broadleaf evergreen shrub with gorgeous foliage and easy-going nature that hints back to its native roots here in the southern US.

Bees and butterflies adore the displays of white flowers that form bottlebrush panicles. Their fragrance gives a nod to their Rose family connections and many folks snip a few of these flowering branches for bouquets and floral arrangements indoors. Once the blooms are done in the spring, Laurel forms small dark fruit that the birds love!

Forming a refined vase shape, these shrubs can be as informal or formal as you desire with little maintenance! Laurel bushes are evergreen in USDA growing zones 6 through 9, and these broadleaf evergreens can reach a mature height and width of 6-8 feet. Making Schipka perfect for any sized garden! Plus it is fast-growing giving you lush greenery in a hurry!

Planting and Application:

Laurel hedges are an excellent addition to any landscape. The evergreen nature of Laurel hedges will give winter protection to many garden birds and small mammals. Thrushes and Blackbirds are fond of building nests inside Laurel hedges. The birds go nuts for the berries and appreciate the tasty morsels even if you don't notice them as they dangle among the branches of lush foliage.

Schipka Laurel hedges will make excellent privacy fences when grown alongside a road. The dense nature of the foliage and wood makes a natural sound barrier and screens the view. Laurel hedges are the perfect addition to any garden. Create a triple-duty screen and privacy fence by using these shrubs as backdrops that highlight your garden beds and borders! Everything else will become enhanced by the steady evergreen of these reliable shrubs!

Need a flowering specimen with color year-round, plant a Laurel on a berm in your front yard or on the corner of your home's foundation planting. Take things up a notch by training your shrub into a tree-form by removing the lower branches to expose the bottom third or half of the trunks. You'll have a multi-trunk mini tree with loads of curb appeal!

  • White Fragrant Bottlebrush Blooms
  • Glossy Evergreen Foliage
  • Neat & Tidy Vase Shape
  • Bee, Butterfly & Bird-Friendly
  • Hedges, Screens, Privacy, Sound & Wind Barriers & Backdrops

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Schipka 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. Laurel thrives in slightly deep, fertile, moist, humusy, well-drained soil; tolerates poor, sandy, or clay soils. Water deeply, 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 they are finished flowering. The other reason everyone loves these underused shrubs? Deer seem to avoid them unless desperate!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Humusy Well-Drained Soil - Even Clay
  • Moderate Moisture - Tolerates Dry Shade Once Established
  • Appreciates Mulch
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Deer Resistant

Schipka Laurel is a wonderful flowering broadleaf evergreen shrub that you've probably never heard of! Get the neighbors talking by including a hedge for your property today by calling the experts at!

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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Schipka Laurel Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkanensis'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes