Wine Country EscapeTransitional Landscape, San Francisco
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4. Carolina Laurelcherry (Prunus caroliniana)Native from Texas east to North CarolinaA low-water alternative to cherry laurel (P. laurocerasus), drought-tolerant Carolina laurelcherry has glossy leaves and an upright growth habit. Plant it as a hedge or grow dwarf varieties (Prunus caroliniana ‘Compacta’) in containers as accent shrubs.
The Carolina laurel cherries are small evergreen trees that are densely packed with little glossy leaves, which makes them a great choice for a privacy hedge. They’re also drought-tolerant, which is especially important in California. The entire planting plan was designed with water conservation in mind. Below, planters along the sidewalk contain Little Ollie dwarf olive trees (Olea europaea ‘Montra’). They’re a clue to what awaits: The backyard has wonderful views of olive trees.