Cherry Laurel (Prunus Laurocerasus) 10 seeds (#754)

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Cherry Laurel (Prunus Laurocerasus) 10 seeds (#754)

English laurel, also called cherry laurel, is a large evergreen shrub or small tree often used for landscaping, usually as a hedge. Related to cherry trees, English laurel gets its common name from its resemblance to the true laurel tree.
Native to southwestern Asia and southeastern Europe, this species has been widely introduced in Europe and North America, and has escaped cultivation in many areas, including the Pacific Northwest.
Plants generally prefer sun in the cooler areas of the growing range (USDA Zone 6) and shadier conditions in the hotter areas of the growing range (USDA Zone 8).
Very fast-growing and tolerant of disturbance and a wide range of conditions. Because it is spread by birds to remote areas, it has the potential to be a serious threat to native forest land in the Puget Sound region. English laurel is also poisonous (do not eat!!).
Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates shade. Good soil drainage is essential. Plants generally prefer sun in the cooler areas of the growing range (USDA Zone 6) and shadier conditions in the hotter areas of the growing range (USDA Zone 8). Prune as needed after flowering. Unpruned species plants can grow quite large. (info source: missouribotanicalgarden.org)
Very fast-growing and tolerant of disturbance and a wide range of conditions. Because it is spread by birds to remote areas, it has the potential to be a serious threat to native forest land in the Puget Sound region. English laurel is also poisonous (do not eat!!).
Information source: kingcounty.gov.

Genus - Prunus
Species - Laurocerasus
Common name - Cherry Laurel
Pre-Treatment - Required
Plant type - Shrub
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Hardiness zones - 6 - 8
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Height - 3'-10' / 0,90 - 3(5) m
Spread - 6'-8' / 1,80 - 2,40 m
Growth rate - Fast
Bloom season - April - May
Leaf / Flower color - Shiny green / White
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, loam, fertile, well drained
Water requirements - Average water needs. Water regularly, no overwatering
Landscape uses - Tall hedge or screen. Mass or group in large areas. Open woodland or shade.

GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS
1. Soak the seeds in a bowl of warm water for 24 hours.
2. Stratify seeds in a plastic bag full of moist sand inside the refrigerator (at +4C) for 60-90 days. Keep the sand or vermiculite barely moist during the cold stratification period.
3. Sow the seeds 2 cm (1") deep the following spring once outdoor temperatures rise above +18C during the day and +8C at night. Or sow indoors in the propagator or pots
4. Place the pots outdoors in a sheltered spot where they will be exposed to direct sun in the morning and afternoon. Protect the seeds from direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day since the soil will warm too quickly and dry out.
5. Watch for sprouting one month after sowing. Maintain the same light and moisture conditions provided to the seeds during germination until they grow to 10 cm in height.
Plant the seedlings into a sunny, sandy bed at least 75 days before the first frost in autumn, or shelter the seedlings in a cold frame until the following spring if it is too late in the year for planting.

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