British Grown
Volume 1-9 10-49 50-249 250+
Price per plant £342.00 £296.40 £262.20 £228.00
Price £342.00

All prices include VAT

Product description



Cherry Laurel is an evergreen shrub or small tree which can grow to 15 metres (50ft) tall, with a stout trunk. The leaves are dark green, leathery, shiny long and broad and have the scent of almonds when crushed.

Flower buds appear in late winter and open in early spring in spikes of white flowers. The fruit is a small cherry, turning black when ripe in early autumn.

Genolia is an introduction from Switzerland with a distinct upright columnar form, which makes it an ideal hedging or screening plant due to its dense, erect, narrow growing habit.  It only requites light pruning to make a 3.5m (12ft) screen which is only 1m (3ft ) wide.

Slower growing than common laurel, it displays shiny, dark green, fairly elongated foliage and in spring bears erect clusters of white flowers and fortunately few black fruits.

Where to grow

It is often used for hedges, as a screening plant as it responds well to pruning and if coppiced even when large will regrow easily from the base.  It is an extremely hardy and tough plant that can cope with most difficult growing conditions. 

Did you know?

A native of the Caucuses it was probably introduced to Britain in 16th Century. 

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
0-5 meters
Shrub Multi-Stem
Growth rate
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
All Sun levels
Difficulty/hard to grow
Season of interest
Large Leaves
Flower colour
Flowering month
Scented Flowers
Berries/fruit colour
Peeling bark?
Evergreen Hedge
Moisture levels
Drought tolerant
Good for Coastal sites
Good for Windy sites
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Wind break
Sound Barrier
Flower Arranging
Suitable for Containers


For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.


The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.


If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.


Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


By Brenda Jones on 03/06/2015

When we visited you to buy a conifer earlier this year we were tempted to buy an “unplanned” mid-size Prunus Laurocerasus Genolia as we fell for the ones on display in your car park.
It is growing well but we would be very grateful if you could give us some idea of how much we will need to train it to achieve the tidy columnar look of the ones on display? 
Do we need to tie the upright shoots together (gently!!)? 
Do we need to trim off many shoots on the outside of the plant?
Thank you,
Brenda JOnes

By Simon on 05/06/2015

Hello Brenda,

They are naturally a narrow tree so should stay fairly tight. But they take very well to clipping if you wanted to keep it in shape.

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