Dwarf English Laurel - Knowledgebase Question

High Point, NC
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Question by doberacker
September 20, 2005
This Spring, I planted two small Dwarf English Laurels, which should grow to approx 6 ft wide and 4 ft tall on either side of my back porch. I really like this shrub as an evergreen in my mostly tall, old oak neighborhood. I would like to use these in another part of my yard for hedge. I read this specimen is a slow-grower. How slow? I want to gain privacy around my back yard patio and arbor area, but feel this specimen may take too long to become a good sized hedge. Could you suggest a faster growing evergreen alternate very similar to the size and looks of the laurel for my area of the country?

Answer from NGA
September 20, 2005
Slow is pretty slow when you want a screen in a hurry, say maybe up to six inches per year once established. This is true for most of the quality broadleafed evergreens. You might find a rhododendron you like or possibly a camellia or holly with a fairly similar look and size but they too will be in about that range of non-speed. Sometimes in this type of situation a trellis installation or fencing will be more satisfactory for screening and then you can soften the look with container plants in the summer or grow a vine on it. Your local professional nursery staff and/or county extension may have some additional suggestions, too. Good luck with your project!

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