The Q&A Archives: Chollipo Euonymus compatible with English Laurel

Question: I am planning a privacy hedge in Eastern Washington (desert). I would like to mix the two for color. My thoughts were something like two English Laurel then two Chollipo Euonymus for 24 feet. I have irrigation. This will be for privacy next to a fence. My goal is to keep it at around 8 to 10 feet. I do plan to groom them into a rectangular shape.

Answer: I think the combination will make a nice focal point. Euonymus japonicus 'Chollipo' is a dense oval shrub with variable leaf variegation. More open in shade. Medium-fast growth. Tolerant of salt spray. Dark green leaves with creamy margins. Good choice for screening. It grows about 12' high and 6' wide, needs well drained soils and regular watering.

English Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) has dark green leaves and grows up to 20' and 6-10' wide, though it is usually kept smaller in landscape situations. The leathery, glossy, dark green leaves are 3 to 7 inches long and 1? to 2 inches wide. Cherry laurel blooms in summer and has white flowers, which are often hidden by the leaves. Small black fruits appear in the fall. It's a fast growing plant (about 25" per year) so it may outgrown your Euonymus unless it is kept sheared.

Best wishes with your new screening hedge!

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