Prunus laurocerasus 'JM34' KLEOPATRA®

Prunus laurocerasus 'JM34'
Prunus laurocerasus 'JM34' KLEOPATRA®
Cherry laurel - STANDARD TREE
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 2.5-3.5m
USUAL WIDTH 1-2m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full sun to shade
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty) to neutral
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist but well-drained
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Trees
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We are specialists in evergreen plants and we offer the widest possible range of quality and hardy varieties. English (cherry) laurel is probably the most common and reliable species.

KLEOPATRA® is a Hungarian cherry laurel variety bred by Dr. Józsa Miklos and introduced in 2007. It forms a compact, graceful shrub or a small tree with spreading branches and dark green, glossy, leathery, evergreen leaves. They emerge coppery orange just like on Etna® variety and can be distinguished by broadly elliptical to oval shape with a tip while ETNA’s leaves have almost rounded ends. KLEOPATRA® grows slowly to moderately (20-30 cm per year) into a dome-shaped, symmetrical habit which does not need pruning to be elegant.

In April or May appear compound inflorescences made of small, white, fragrant flowers. They are followed by glossy black berries which, as recent studies confirmed, are not poisonous. Only seeds from unripe fruit if properly chewed may cause discomfort since they contain the same toxin as bitter almonds (source: Plants For A Future - pfaf.org).

Being compact, dense, and obviously so handsome, KLEOPATRA® is a perfect variety to be grown as a tree in half-standard or full standard form. This way it serves as a handsome, small, specimen, evergreen tree that is also demanded as an instant and evergreen screening that blocks the unwanted views from neighbouring windows. Its ultimate size a summation of the stem size and about 1.5 m (canopy height). As every other tree it needs a strong support (staking) for at least three years before it establishes.

Laurels need slightly deep and fertile, acidic, moist soil, and extra watering in frost-free periods in winter to prevent from drying out before the ground gets frozen. It will thrive in full sun or part shade, and will also tolerate being grown in full shade. It seldom suffers from chlorosis (leaves turning yellow owing to lack of iron in the soil) but when it does use a special liquid soil pH balancer to keep it acidic which will help the plant absorb iron. KLEOPATRA® is hardy to min. -25 °C (USDA zone 6) and withstands a few degrees lower for a short period of time.

Last update 04-03-2023
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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