How to Grow and Care for Schip Laurel Shrubs

We recently planted schip laurels around our pool area to create a hedge. The schip laurel is low-maintenance and it grows under a variety of different conditions. It’s a beautiful shrub and it was a breeze to plant once we decided where we wanted it to go. We are really loving the look and feel like they’ve made a great addition to our landscaping. Schip laurels are also known as skip laurels or schipka laurels.

Schip laurel shrubs are evergreen shrubs that have dark green leaves throughout the year. The foliage is glossy with evergreen leaves. The shrub is vase-shaped with a layered appearance. In the spring it has stalks of fragrant white flowers. In fall and spring, there are small red berries that attract birds. 

Put these shrubs together and they make an excellent privacy shield or hedge. As I mentioned above, this is how we are using them. Even though we will have to wait a year or two before they grow into a solid hedge.

They tolerate the cold and do well in the shade. They’re not picky about soil types as long as they’re well-drained, so you don’t have to worry about that. They’re a pretty terrific shrub if you ask me. 

Schip laurels are also deer-resistant making them a great choice if you have deer who like to nibble on plants. Actually, they’re one of the few privacy shrubs that deer won’t try to eat. 

Amount of Sun Needed

Schip laurels do best in partial shade or partial sun. If you want a cherry-laurel type of shrub that can do well in the shade, the schip laurel should be your top choice.

Ideally, schip laurels would like to be somewhere with dappled or filtered sunlight. 

Annual Growth

Schip Laurel shrubs can grow up to two feet per year, which is above average for a shrub. If you’re growing it for privacy or a hedge like us, this is great news!

Hardiness Zone

Schip laurels are in hardiness zones 6-9. 

Mature Size of Skip Laurels

Schip laurels can grow 6 to 10 feet tall and 5 to 7 feet wide which will take about 10 years. They’ve been known to get as high as 18 feet. 


You’ll need to water your schip laurel every day for the first week after planting. Then you can gradually reduce it to once a week. You can place some mulch down to hold in the water if you’d like. They are drought-tolerant, but you’ll need to water them more than once a week in cases of extreme heat. 

Schip laurels are easy to prune, making it easy to get a clean appearance. You’ll want to prune in the late spring or early summer after the flowers have fallen off. They also look great unpruned for a more natural look. 

You’ll also find schip laurels to be disease-resistant. You can fertilize them in the spring after they’ve flowered by using a slow-release fertilizer. 

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  • Reply David Hollier

    There are so many types of laurels, I see. It looks like we have the schip laurel, but not sure. How can we tell? We just purchased our home 6 months ago and we cannot find out from the builder. Are they all kinda the same with the pruning idea?

    May 1, 2022 at 6:09 pm
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