Laurels May Be Hardy, But Beware of Problems
By Gil Medeiros, former Fairfax Master Gardener
Laurels have become very popular landscape plants in Northern Virginia. I am referring to Cherry Laurels (of which the Otto Luyken cultivar is heavily used) and Skip Laurels. These shrubs are related to peach, plum, and other stone fruits. They are prized for their shiny deep green leaves year round, white flowers in the spring, and deer resistance. That last attribute probably put the laurels over the top here in Fairfax County where deer now visit most neighborhoods on a regular basis.