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The reason is relatively clear. Cherry laurel is not only a low-maintenance plant, but cherry laurel is now available in so many different varieties that almost all individual needs of garden owners can be met.
In the case of cherry laurel, for example, a distinction is made between small and broad, tall, upright and round growth forms. The small and broad-grown cherry laurel finds its use above all for the surface greening. Round cherry laurel is a good single plant, while the high cherry laurel is mainly found as a composite in a cherry laurel hedge.
However, the shape of the cherry laurel is not only relevant to the question of its use, but is also crucial in assessing the hardiness of the winter. And since the cherry laurel has had to face extensive criticism for a long time, this is all the more important. In the meantime, however, the cold-sensitive cherry laurel plants have been grown into relatively hardy plants that can hibernate well, unless the specific characteristics are ignored.
Differences in winter hardiness in the individual growth formsThe criticism of the past years that cherry laurel is absolutely unsuitable for cold winters, could now be refuted. New breeds have led to different varieties of cherry tree having good to very good degrees of winter hardiness. First and foremost here are the species Mount Vernon and Cherry Brandy in the broad, Etna and Mano in the round as well as Herbergii and Leander in the tall cherry berries. However, the winter hardiness differs according to the growth forms.
The small and broad-leaved cherry laurel often runs flat over the ground on a more or less large area. The reduced height growth also reduces the susceptibility to wind, so that small cherry laurel is not affected even by cold winds. Even the lowest temperatures disturb the flat cherry laurel only to a small extent. This growth type of cherry laurel has correspondingly the highest winter hardiness.
Round cherry laurel is more likely to be exposed to the cold winds in winter, although it does not respond hypersensitive to cold temperatures as well. However, the biggest problem with round cherry laurel is the risk of drying out in winter. The relatively high and generous surface promotes the escape of moisture, while the limited root space and the freezing of the soil again restricts water absorption. Therefore, the winter hardiness in round cherry laurel is indeed good, but with drawbacks compared to the wide-bred colleagues.
The tall cherry laurel is the most sensitive of the three growth types. The ground cover is relatively low, while at the top a generous area with oversized leaves open the door to escape moisture. Dehydration is therefore the biggest danger in upright cherry laurel. But also for cold winds the high cherry laurel is very susceptible, so that the winter hardiness is given only limited and may freeze many branches massively.
However, this problem, which is quite common in cherry laurel, is relativized by the positive qualities of cherry laurel. Frozen and thus dead branches can be radically cut back after the end of the cold period. You do not have to act squeamishly. Cherry laurel tolerates massive cutbacks without any problems and then reboots again.
The right place to spend the winterIn order to make the cherry laurel winter proof, the best remedy is the right choice of location beforehand. Cherry laurel in all its variations like it shady and dry, with the focus here is mainly on the shade.
As mentioned before, cherry laurel is particularly susceptible to freezing in winter, as the fairly large leaves and surfaces release a lot of moisture, while only a little water can be absorbed from the frozen soil. This moisture release is favored by winter sunlight. Therefore, especially the round and the upright cherry laurel should necessarily be in the shade.