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Cherry laurel hedge - disease?

I planted this cherry laurel hedge 5-6 years ago and after a slow start it has really grown & bushes out over the last couple of years.  I have noticed however the new growth at the top of the hedge has crinkly leaves and is looking unhealthy.  Generally the hedge below this looks healthy, though in a couple of places there are some discoloured leaves near base hedge as well.  The photos say a thousand words as they say.  


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    Just take the damaged foliage off. Bit of weather related and/or slug/snail damage by the look of it. Nothing to worry about. All plants, including evergreens, get damage and drop foliage at some point.  :)
    They can get a disease called shot hole, but it doesn't look like that from the pix.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Thanks FairyGirl. 

    In case it helps anyone else at the same time as positing here I sent the pictures to the RHS and they have replied as per the below - had to do a screenshot as the text could not be copy and pasted.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    We have a huge thread devoted entirely to cherry laurel -over 30 pages. I didn't bother linking it to your query though, as I just did a quick reply instead  :)

    Here - if you need/want more info

    I can't make out the text on your post without enlarging a lot, and then it's a bit blurry. Very little affects laurel to any degree. It's pretty indestructible stuff  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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