Answer: Curled leaves might be signs of aphid damage. If aphids feed on the buds and newly emerging leaves, the damage may not show up until the pests are gone and the leaves completely unfurl. If leaves are stripped off branches, or the ends of leaves are nibbled, I'd suspect a browsing deer! This spring prune away the unsightly stems and branches. Laurel is a vigorous grower and will produce new stems and leaves in no time at all.
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