In cherry laurels, the condition is often brought on by alkaline soil. A member of the rose family, cherry laurel (Prunus caroliniana) is a tree or shrub commonly cultivated for its glossy, evergreen leaves. There are brown spots and holes on the leaves and white stuff on the trunk. I planted a new laurel hedge at the front of my house, which can r a bit windy in march this year. Have tried to bring ph levels down. Question: Two years ago I planted a hedge of 50 cherry laurels. Okay, again to quickly answer the questions: 1. They are now looking rather ick with spindly growth, the leaves are pale green and some have turned yellow and brown. Joined: Aug 13, 2009 Messages: 2 Ratings: +0. I bought 30 Laurel plants to create a hedge. Why are the leaves of my laurels turning yellow? Red Spots on Leaves, Holes there is Leaf Spot Leaf spot fungi cause red spots on the leaves of cherry laurel shrubs about the time new leaves become full-sized. There are a multitude of reasons why the leaves on a laurel turns yellow. Leaves turn yellow or yellow-green when a plant does not have proper access to nutrients in the soil. They gradually merge and rot out, leaving holes in the foliage. The good news is, often these problems can be reversed with the right attention – and in some cases professional help. Q: My cherry laurels do not look good. 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. Plants are 1 year old. Planted, watered and fed them well, and now find the lower leaves are turning yellow. We planted some cherry laurels in January. Too much water can also cause leaves to turn yellow. Hi Plantzzman, Thanks for the help. Discussion in 'Pests, Diseases and Cures' started by Fimrie, Aug 13, 2009. The key to successfully treating any problem is to act quickly. Had soil tested and ph was 7.6. The plants I used were cuttings that we're taken about three years ago and are abt 2 foot high and spaced 2 feet apart. Posted on: June 3rd, 2015. I think the Laurel must have been grown in the pots, or at least put in them a good time before we got them, the roots were well established and starting to shape to the pot, although I wouldn't say they were too badly 'pot-bound'. A: First, there is a lot to like about cherry laurels (Prunus laurocerasus).They are popular evergreen screening and foundation plants, deer-resistant, and pretty tough once established. I have three cherry laurel plants in my front yard. Heavily infected leaves turn yellow or brown and fall prematurely. What could be causing cherry laurel leaves to turn yellow and drop? New spots continue to develop over the summer. Keywords: Hi, ... turn more yellow, then turn brown if a dry condition continues. Shot Hole. What can I do? Cherry laurel leaves turning brown. 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