Cherry Laurel Trees Have Mostly Bare Branches

Question From: Plano, Texas, United States
Q: I had six cherry laurel trees three years ago and three have died and they are not all in the same location. Should I prune some of the spindly branches? Will that make them fuller? Most of the branches are bare with a few leaves at the ends of the branches. They aren't very pretty trees because of the small amount of leaf coverage. What other trees or junipers can I plant along a brick wall?

A: Sounds like your cherry laurels suffered from lack of water and excessive heat. I would take photos of the space along with measurements to an independent nursery for advice on what grows best in your area under these conditions. Trees need leaves to feed themselves. Wait to see if they make it through the winter before pruning. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy