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Questions About Cherry Laurel

Asked by
TinyLinda on
April 15, 2015

Q. ID Disease of cherry laurel

My cluster of cherry laurel are being eaten by something. From the window I thought the top leaves had been burned by frost -a reddish brown color. But on closer inspection, the leaves are being eaten. There are round holes in the leaves but also a scaly brown appears to be spreading. It’s like stages of decay. I want to save these. Can you help?

Answered by
shelley on
April 15, 2015
Certified Expert
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It looks like your cherry laurel has a leaf spot fungi and/or bacterial shothole. You can read more about these conditions and treatments on the following websites:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=568
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/plant-leaf-spots.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/shot-hole-disease-fungus.htm

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Asked by
rmetz99 on
May 21, 2015

Q. Cherry Laural Bushes

Planted three 4 foot bushes a year and a half ago. Heavy mulched bed. Last winter turned them brown! One had a few green branches and now several more. It did flower a few weeks back. Another is still brown, but showing new growth at the base. Another is not looking well at this time. My question: should I trim off the brown leaves or limbs? Or maybe give them a little more time?

Thank you in advance!
Rick Metz
99 River Corner Road
Conestoga, Pa. 17516
rmetz99@comcast.net

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 25, 2015
Certified Expert
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Our long harsh winter that nearly the entire United States suffered may have did damage to your Cherry Laural.

I would trim away any damaged or dead branches and wait and see.
I have been assessing many of my shrubs and plants in my garden also! I always give plants plenty of time and care to see if they can come back.

Here is a link to the care needed for your shrubs.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/cherry-laurel/growing-cherry-laurels.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/winter-damaged-trees-shrubs.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 30, 2015

Q. Cherry Laurel Turning Brown

Bought 87 cherry laurels, about 4 ft high, and planted 1 month ago. Top leaves curling and some edges turning brown. Can you advise please?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 1, 2015
Certified Expert
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Your newly planted Cherry Laurel will need adequate water in order to establish it's root system.
I suspect the plants are needing daily water.

Here are a few links for you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/cherry-laurel/growing-cherry-laurels.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/watering-newly-planted-tree.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 8, 2015

Q. Cherry laurel blooms

How can I increase the blooms on my cherry laurel? I get very few blooms.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 9, 2015
Certified Expert
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Giving it some high phosphorus fertilizer or adding bone meal to the soil around your plant should help encourage flowering. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 18, 2015

Q. Help needed with Laurel

Help needed with Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia). I hope someone can help me. I have 5 Laurel trees that were planted in September last year. After the hot spell we had in May, the trees looked very poorly. I was advised to water them and to put some chicken pellets down. Also, I could use slow release food. I did this and now with the weather they seem quite waterlogged but the trees are not looking any better. In fact, we are convinced they are dead. There are no green leaves. They are all brown and crispy. I was told they would be good trees that look after themselves and come to life in the spring. I am gutted by the look of these trees and will be very upset if I have spent a lot of money on trees that I have to pull and start again. If anyone can help that would be great. I have attached some photos for you to see.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 20, 2015
Certified Expert
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The first year is generally the most important growing time for new planting.

Do the scratch and bend test. Do the branches snap or bend? If you scratch the bark is it still green underneath?
Snapping branches and no green under the bark, the trees have perished.
Most garden centers will replace a dead tree in the first year, you may want to contact them.

Here are a few links to help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/mountain-laurel/mountain-laurel-growing.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/watering-newly-planted-tree.htm

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Asked by
Carolwhite on
August 31, 2015

Q. Can I use cherry laurel as a mulch

I have pruned my cherry laurel and would like to use the chopped up cuttings as a mulch on my flowerbeds but have heard it may be poisonous to plants.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 2, 2015
Certified Expert
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I did a bit of research and though there is some reports of the mulch being safe to use, the majority of sources recommend not using the Cherry Laurel mulch.

I would lend on the cautious side and dispose of the Cherry Laurel wood.

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Asked by
navcoron on
September 2, 2017

Q. Cherry Laurel care

I mistakenly over fertilized a 4.5 foot tree with a Scotts 10 10 10 slow release. It was doing very well in the small nursery pot. It now is in a 5 gallon container and is showing signs of too much fertilizer. The Container drains well, would extra watering help?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 5, 2017
Certified Expert
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Cherry laurels have low fertilizer requirements with only a fall application required to boost the energy stores during the dormant, non-growing winter months. A fall application goes into the root system to keep the tree healthy and ready to being growing and producing blooms in spring.
Cherry Laurel trees prefer a slow-release granular fertilizer rated for flowering trees.
Try flushing the soil to remove the excess fertilizer or repot with fresh well draining soil.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/cherry-laurel/growing-cherry-laurels.htm

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