What Is a Skip Laurel Shrub?

Skip laurel – Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’ – is a hardy, dense-growing evergreen shrub commonly used for hedges and as cut greenery in floral arrangements. Also called schipka, schip and cherry laurel, skip laurel’s foliage and appearance are very similar to bay laurel (Laurus nobilis). Native to areas bordering the Black Sea, skip laurel grows in temperate zones 6-8 and tolerates full sun to fairly deep shade.