Mount Vernon Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Mount Vernon’)

Mount Vernon Laurel

Mount Vernon Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Mount Vernon’) is an English Laurel with upright spreading glossy broadleaf evergreen leaves making the most elegant, low-growing underlayment beneath trees and shrubs!

The dense and low-growing form is an ideal bird habitat and shelter for wildlife. But hang a couple of bird feeders in the area since this English Laurel form is sterile and won’t produce messy fruit.

Mount Vernon English Laurel stays under 3 feet tall but can spread and cover 3-6 feet in width, making this dwarf broadleaf evergreen fantastic for covering wide areas. Its moderate growth rate and easy-going needs make these hardy plants throughout the USDA growing zones 6-9! This shrub handles full sun to full shade and everything in between!

Planting and Application:

Wide-spreading dwarf Laurel are ideal for foundation plantings and as low-growing property-defining hedges! They are also ideal for year-round greenery and facer shrub plantings, hiding the bare leggy stems of older, larger plants and adding green skirting around trees and structures. Taking to shearing no problem, you can sculpt and create formal banks of green with ease that can be worked into any sized garden!

Mount Vernon doesn’t produce any flowers or fruit, so you can plant these shrubs along driveways, pathways, and sidewalks, or around your seating areas without the worry that fruit will leave stains or mess!

Mount Vernon Laurel can spread! Fill large areas of sun or shade where otherwise bare ground would be at moderate speed. Create low screening, Bird-Friendly habitat along the back of your property without the worry deer will arrive to the buffet. Plant atop a hard-to-mow hillside for safety, slow water runoff, and halt erosion while adding dark green color throughout the entire year!

  • Low Growing Wide Spreading Dwarf Form
  • Dwarf English Laurel
  • Broadleaved Evergreen Grown for Glossy Green Foliage
  • Great Groundcover & Facer Shrub
  • Low Hedges, Foundations, Pathways & Sidewalks

Tips for Care:

Laurel bushes are native to America and can grow in nearly any combination of soil and sun, doing best in full sun or partial shade. Preferring more sun in cool climates, and more shade in warmer areas. Mount Vernon even adapts to full shade, especially in the hottest of its favored hardiness zones. Laurel thrives in slightly deep, fertile, moist, humusy, well-drained soil, yet tolerates poor, sandy, or clay soils. Water deeply, regularly in the first growing season to establish the root system, but once established, reduce watering frequency. Established plants can tolerate dry shade.

Laurel are easy to grow and require almost no maintenance, aside from optional Pruning which is best performed as soon as early spring. The other reason everyone loves these underused shrubs? Deer seem to avoid them unless desperate!

  • Full Shade
  • Humusy Well-Drained Soil – Even Clay
  • Moderate Moisture – Tolerates Dry Shade Once Established
  • Appreciates Mulch
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Deer Resistant

Let the Mount Vernon Laurel fill your landscape with verdant color all year long!

Mount Vernon Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Mount Vernon’) Details

Common name Mount Vernon Laurel
Botanical name Prunus laurocerasus 'Mount Vernon'
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 6-9
Growth rate Slow
Height 18 - 30 inches
Width 3 - 6 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained Soil
Pollinator-friendly No