Outstanding large leaved evergreen plant, the green leaves having disinctive red stalks, up to 10 metres high, which makes a dense attractive long lived screen or wind break. It prefers good soil rich in organic matter. Water well after planting as the large leaves lose a lot of water in the drying spring winds. It will not tolerate poor drainage. Space young plants at 2 per metre. Larger rootballed plants can be spaced up to 1 metre apart. All laurels may suffer from shot hole a harmless but unsightly fungal infection characterised by pin holes in the leaves. Spraying to control shot hole may leave you with perfect leaves but at a heavy cost to the environment.