Prunus laurocerasus ‘Mount Vernon’

dwarf English laurel

Outstanding Qualities

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 Notes

This 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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Quick Facts

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