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english laurel question??

Posted by jtruax3 5A (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 10, 11 at 16:05

Hello,Im not sure if this is the right area to post but I was wondering if someone could tell me if a laurel hedge will survive in northern Illinois? Ive read some sites that say no and others that say yes,and so Im wondering if anyone actually has them and knows for sure.If not what could I use that looks just like it with thick green leaves and that will grow at least 6ft tall and is evergreen.Thank you

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RE: english laurel question??

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 12, 11 at 13:38

In your area you would be using mostly hardy conifers. There are some broad-leaved evergreens that will persist there but these are mostly small and low types. If Prunus laurocerasus is possible it will be a continental climate type, maybe on the market there as Russian or Schipka laurel. Anything in the heath family (Pieris, Rhododendron etc.) will need soil modification if the existing condition is alkaline clay.

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