The Cherry Compacta Laurel is a dwarf, compact shrub, maturing at half the size of the regular Cherry Laurel, making an outstanding hedge or screen that tolerates heat, drought, and wind. Bright-green foliage has a scent reminiscent of maraschino cherries. Fragrant creamy white flowers are followed by small black inedible berries.
This broadleaf foliage shrub is an ideal, compact, versatile background plant. It's primary value is as a hedge to provide a solid privacy barrier or windbreak. Adaptability to shearing makes this an outstanding formal foliage plant sheared into cone or columnar shapes as well as the standard rectangular forms.
Regularly grown in zones 8-10, it is also a popular plant in zone 7 as the climate has become more and more mild over the past decade.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape. Caution: foliage or berries should not be ingested.