Prunus laurocerasus ‘Mount Vernon’
dwarf English laurel
An exceptionally useful small shrub, Prunus laurocerasus 'Mt Vernon' creates a dense, tidy evergreen mound in the garden. This dwarf form of the aggressive English laurel does not flower or set seed. It is not invasive in the garden or in our native habitat. Its compact growth rarely exceeds 2 feet tall and its slow spread to 4 or 5 feet wide makes it an excellent and well mannered groundcover. Even with its diminutive habit, Prunus laurocerasus 'Mt Vernon' carries the tough, rugged qualities of its larger more domineering counter part. It tolerates drought, poor urban soils, and dry shade. Use it for a low informal bed border or small hedge, or as a groundcover under trees and large shrubs.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, variegate
Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue
Culture NotesThis dwarf evergreen shrub will grow well in full sun to deep shade. Provide a location with moist to well-drained soil, although it will tolerate sandy sites and clay with adequate drainage. It is drought tolerant once established, but does appreciate occasional watering during prolonged dry weather. No pruning is needed to maintain its low habit. It will not flower or set seed and is not invasive.
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Plant Type: spreading shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9
Flower Color: none
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to deep shade
Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established, but appreciates occasional watering during extended dry periods