The Q&A Archives: English Laurel For New Jersey

Question: Contemplating using - English Laurel a.k.a. Prunus Lauroceraus - as a hedge in front of our home. Wondering if this species is OK for New Jersey?
What is the growth habit per year?
Is it evergreen?
Can you recommend a hedge that is evergreen and be able to enclose this area for privacy?
Please let me know! Thank you very much!

Answer: English laurel (a very large growing evergreen) is usually more reliable in warmer, protected locations, so whether or not it would do well for you will depend on that, as well as on your soil type. You might consider several different evergreen plants such as yew, arborvitae, juniper, and possibly rhododendrons depending on the planting conditions you have to offer. Your County Extension (745-3445) should be able to help you with evaluating your growing conditions including basic soil tests and making more specific suggestions as to particular varieties that do well in your area.

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