These root balled Portuguese Laurel plants are heavy and chunky plants that will give instant eye level privacy when planting your 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 9-10ft (270-300cm) in height.
Portuguese Laurel 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.
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 root balled Portuguese Laurel hedge plants are shown in this picture at 90cm (3ft) apart, which is the correct distance for planting Portuguese Laurel of this size.
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 a Portuguese Laurel hedge can be found on the Portuguese Laurel category page.