Asked on Jun 12, 2013
Do Laurel Bushes Prefer Sun or Shade?
Hi! I planted some schip laurels (Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkaensis' ) along the chain link fence in my backyard (the fence separates my backyard from a school playground) for some much needed privacy. The bushes are shaded somewhat by some deciduous trees in my backyard. I've noticed that the bushes that get more sun seem to be faring better than the ones that are more shaded. I am confused because I thought the laurels like shade. I am wondering if I should trim the tree branches (they are reaching toward the house anyway) so the laurels can get more sun. (I used to have a tarp on the fence -- which faces west -- but that came down during the hurricane last fall. The house blocks much of the eastern sun for the laurels.) I would love your suggestions! My laurels also got "shot hole," I think, over the winter, but they are doing better now and have some new growth on them.