How to Care for Brite n Tite Cherry Laurel

Overview

The Bright N Tight cherry laurel tree, Prunus caroliniana, is an evergreen tree or large shrub. The tree grows to a height and spread of up to 20 feet and produces white flowers in early spring. followed by small cherry fruit. The tree attracts birds and other wildlife that feed on the small, dark cherries. Plant the Bright N Tight cherry laurel as a single tree or in multiples as a hedge or screen.

Step 1

Test the soil pH to verify it is 4.5 to 8, since the cherry laurel's leaves will yellow in alkaline soil. Work ground rock sulfur into the soil to lower the pH if the test indicates it has a pH higher than 8. Soak the soil with water to a depth of 6 to 8 inches and let it rest for two weeks.

Step 2

Plant the Bright N Tight cherry laurel in an area that has an acidic, well-draining soil and full sunlight for at least eight hours each day.

Step 3

Water the Bright N Tight cherry laurel with a deep soaking to a depth of 10 to 14 inches of water to keep the tree looking nice when the weekly rainfall is less than 1 inch. The Bright N Tight cherry laurel is drought resistant but performs better with supplemental water application during dry periods.

Step 4

Place a 3- to 4-inch layer of organic mulch over the root ball area of the Bright N Tight cherry laurel to assist with soil moisture retention and to prevent weed growth. Leave a 6-inch gap between the trunk on the cherry laurel and the edge of the mulch layer.

Step 5

Fertilize the Bright N Tight cherry laurel every other spring with an all-purpose tree fertilizer. Excess fertilizer application can cause leafy growth and decrease the flower production.

Step 6

Prune the Bright N Tight Cherry Laurel each spring before the blossoms appear, to remove dead or damaged branches. Prune to remove internal branches that cross or rub each other to open the crown and increase air circulation.

Step 7

Monitor the tree for insect problems from mites or borers. Spray mites off the tree with a sharp stream of water and apply an insecticidal soap to prevent their return. Spray the tree with insecticide when 1/4-inch holes are present on the tree branches and trunk from a borer infestation.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil pH test Ground rock sulfur Shovel Water Organic mulch All-purpose fertilizer Pruning clipper Insecticidal soap Insecticide

References

  • University of Florida: Prunus caroliniana, Bright N Tight Cherry Laurel
  • Backyard Gardener: Prunus caroliniana, Bright N Tight Cherry Laurel
  • Learn2Grow: Prunus caroliniana, Bright N Tight Cherry Laurel
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About this Author

Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.