PlantsPrunus→English Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 3-6 feet
Plant Spread: 6-8 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 28, 2013 5:06 PM

Otto Luyken is the only cherry laurel that I am growing in my yard. I like the fact that it forms a really nice, tight, totally evergreen hedge. This variety of cherry laurel does not get over three feet tall, so it was a very good choice for my front corner.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 26, 2019 3:34 PM

This is not really a Laurel, nor is it quite from England. The mother species is native to southeast Europe and Asia Minor and it is a Common Cherrylaurel. This cultivar is the lower, bushier, often sort of rounded form of Cherrylaurel that is commonly planted in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region. The other cultivar that is commonly sold is the Skip Cherrylaurel that is taller and upright. This broadleaf evergreen shrub is usually used as a foundation plant, but it also makes a good plant for forming a group away from the house. As it becomes an older plant, it does lose the rounded form and becomes more spreading. This is an expensive woody plant, so I normally see it at estates, professional landscapes, campuses, and well-to-do neighbourhoods.

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