Skip Cherry Laurel

Asked April 21, 2019, 8:52 PM EDT

We have already lost one Skip Cherry Laurel. Another Skip Cherry Laurel is not looking well. A year ago we lost pachysandra due to Boxwood blight. And are trying to figure out if that might be affecting our yard or if it's just the tremendous amount of water we've had going through the yard the past year. Wondering what we can do to save the Cherry Laurel.

Baltimore County Maryland cherry laurel winter damage shrub

1 Response

It looks like the cherry laurel foliage has been affected by winter damage (leaf scorch and browning) and a fungal disease called cherry shot hole (holes in leaves). Also, some old foliage will yellow and drop and this is normal.

There is nothing that you need to do and no control is necessary. The plants should recover. Rake up any fallen leaves. Monitor for new growth this spring. Make sure the soil drains well in the area. Take a look at our blog on cherry laurel for more information. https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2019/01/07/qa-whats-wrong-with-my-cherry-laurel-shrubs/

Boxwood blight will not affect the cherry laurel.

Marian