This laurel hedge was planted in the late autumn and at some stage the roots dried out leaving it in a sorry state. My suppliers advised me to cut them down by half of their growth above one of the many buds on the stem, this will cause bushier growth and should cure the problem. It needs a severe pruning to remove the shriveled and dead upper growth. Yellowing leaves on cherry laurels is likely the result of too-wet soil, a too-deep planting or excess mulch packed up against the trunks. I've done this, and hope it'll be alright, but still wonder EXACTLY what might have caused this … A member of the rose family, cherry laurel (Prunus caroliniana) is a tree or shrub commonly cultivated for its glossy, evergreen leaves. Hi. DROUGHT SYMPTOMS OF LAUREL HEDGING. Laurel shrubs thrive in well-draining, acidic soils. All were planted last autumn by the same supplier. If there is no apparent spotting or damage to the leaves we can most likely rule out insect damage causing the yellowing. Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:43 pm Post subject: Yellow leaves on failing laurel hedge: Hi, I have a laurel hedge which has been planted approx. In cherry laurels, the condition is often brought on by alkaline soil. Or are they infected so need treatment? Amend the soil with aluminum sulfate to provide the plant essential nutrients. I … Hi Ryan-If these Laurels have done well in the ground for 5 years and now many of their leaves are yellowing and dropping it is most likely due to some transplant shock. 28 of them are growing well but two of them have always struggled and have now dropped most of their leaves. Improper soil conditions also cause yellowing leaves on a laurel. IRL the hedge is more yellow than pic shows. Even a hot weekend in the summer can cause them to dry out so it is best to keep an eye on them every few days. The leaves of your laurel plants will quickly turn yellow and start to fall off if they are not watered enough (or if they are over-watered). Yellow leaves: When the leaves turn yellow and fall off this may be caused by lack of water or too much water. Planted, watered and fed them well, and now find the lower leaves are turning yellow. I have around 30 laurel hedges planted around the edge of the driveway. Asked April 23, 2018, 3:51 PM EDT. Lack of water (drought): Griselinia hedging is a drought tolerant plant. Question: Two years ago I planted a hedge of 50 cherry laurels. Hedge of English Laurel turning yellow. Leaves turn yellow or yellow-green when a plant does not have proper access to nutrients in the soil. The good news is that bay laurel leaves sometimes turn yellow simply due to the age of the plant. The shrubs planted in poorly draining or alkaline soils develop chlorosis, a nutrient deficiency that causes partial or complete yellowing of foliage. Most of the plants in this hedge are around 13 yrs old. 7 yrs. Random Yellowing. 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