These 5ft Portuguese Laurel hedge plants in root balls are a cost effective way to plant small but heavy duty Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) hedge. These plants have been properly root balled in the field meaning that their roots are well contained in plenty of soil with hessian wrapped around them. Being root balled rather than container grown, these plants represent good value for money but should only be planted in the colder months of the year and watered properly in their first year after planting. These plants are all sold as 5ft (150cm) in height.
Prunus lusitanica is relatively slow growing and one can expect up to a foot (30cm) of growth a year if left untrimmed. It forms a dense evergreen hedge with dark green leaves and produces a proliferation of small white flowers in late spring and looks good in formal situations.
It can be grown as a small hedge of 3-4ft (90-120cm) in height but will be equally happy if grown as a taller hedge of 6-7ft (180-210cm) to give that all important eye level privacy.
A Portuguese Laurel hedge will need to be trimmed annually in the spring or autumn. We recommend trimming in the spring before a new flush of growth.
These 5ft Portuguese Laurel plants in root balls are shown in this picture at 60cm (2ft) apart, which is the correct distance for planting Portuguese Laurel hedging.
Portuguese Laurel is tolerant of most soil types although it does not like waterlogged soil. It also grows quite happily in full sunshine or in partial shade making it versatile for a number of different situations.
More information about planting small Portuguese Laurel hedge plants can be found on the Portuguese Laurel category page.