Posted: 14/11/2013 at 17:27
I agree with Lyn but more so. You need to repeat the tip removal regularly to achieve bushyness, otherwise it gets tall and 'see-through'. In it's way it's as much of a bully as leylandii. Not quite as tall but wider.
The other down to laurel is that you have to prune it with secateurs rather than a hedgetrimmer or you get brown edges to the half leaves. But you do need to keep it trimmed because it can sulk if you get to the point of cutting into old wood, not always but enoiugh to be a nuisance.