|Picture sent by reader of the Carolina Cherry Laurel|
A. I receive a number of questions regarding damage to Carolina cherry or that they don't look very good. The majority of the reasons why this plant struggles here is because it is native to the southeastern United States where the soils are rich and moist. They will struggle here if they do not receive TLC. The other problem may be where they are planted.
|Closeup of the trunk. This is usually due to sunburn on the|
trunk due to planting in very hot locations in the yard and
leaf loss that allows direct sunlight to damage the trunk.
|Leaf drop of Carolina Cherry Laurel. In this case the cement|
and bricks surrounding the plant could poise some problems.
Often times this damage is black with brittle limbs and bark that peels. Frequently the tops of these trees will die as well. They tend to look very
Because this plant is not a southwestern US native, we have to be careful with it here. When planting it, the soil must be enriched with compost at the time of planting and the surface of the soil should be covered with wood mulch, not rock mulch.
They struggle in very hot locations. This includes the south and west exposures of the landscape particularly close to the very hot walls. They perform better if clustered with other plants with similar soil and water requirements.