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How do you make a hedge out of a Carolina laurel cherry?

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July 19, 2011 8:23AM

I usually plant staked Carolina Laurel Cherries of 5 gallon sized, at 4 to 5 feet on center. On center means that the plants are planted, trunk to trunk a certain distance apart. As the plant grows, you can keep it in hedge form. If it has already been shaped as a tree, you cannot then make it into a shrub, because this must be done early with young staked plants. Do not buy a standard, because this means that it has a single trunk, trained to be a tree form, not a shrub or hedged shrub. Staked means that the plant has been grown in shrub form with branches evenly distributed from the bottom to the top of the plant.