Like its close relative the cherry laurel, this species from Spain and Portugal is usually planted to make a large hedge, screen or windbreak. It is a very beautiful shrub in its own right though, eventually making a large shapely tree if allowed to grow naturally. The leaves are an attractive shade of green, reddish when young and on red stalks, while the white flowers in early summer smell sweetly of hawthorn. It is harder and more versatile even than cherry laurel, and withstands clipping into formal shapes.
Plant bareroot Cherry Laurel hedging at 2 plants per metre, 33-50cms apart.