limit fruit produced by English laurel

Asked October 1, 2018, 6:49 PM EDT

This year, our two old laurel trees produced a large amount of berries. What is the most effective way of reducing the amount of berries?

Oregon trees and shrubs ornamentals horticulture

1 Response

Hello:

You can reduce the amount of berries by pruning off the flowers. This can be done by shaping the plant (shearing) prior to bloom, which is often done to prune the plants into a formal hedge, This will usually cut off most, or all of the flower buds, depending on how deeply into the canopy you cut, because flower buds will be concentrated near the tips of the previous season shoots. Or if you prefer to enjoy the blooms, which do smell nice, prune the plant as the blooms fade, which will eliminate the berries as well.