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Cultural Details for Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'

Common Name:
Otto Luyken Cherrylaurel, Otto Luyken Englishlaurel

Growth Rate:
Medium, to 10' in 5-6 years under good conditions.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Perfect, white, each flower 0.25-0.33" across, 20 stamens, April-May, born in 2 to 5" long, 0.75" wide racemes from the leaf axils, very fragrant.

Fruit Details:
Conical-rounded drupe, purple to black, 1/3 to 1/2² long, summer, often lost among the leaves.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Not as susceptible to the typical Prunus problems, though insects can cause considerable foliage damage. Most common problem is from poorly drained soils.

Native Habitat:
Species native to southeastern Europe and Asia Minor. Cultivar introduced 1968 by Hesse Nurseries, Germany. Zone 6 to 8.

Other Features:
Compact, evergreen shrub of solid, dense constitution, extremely bold element because of large lustrous dark green leaves at a 60-45° angle to the stem.

Culture and Care:
Transplant balled/burlapped or from a container into moist, well-drained, organic soil, partial to heavy shade, avoid excessive fertilization. Salt spray tolerant, withstands pruning. Does not tolerate poorly drained soils.

This plant was blooming:
4/19/2010 - 5/10/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 163, Bed 205

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.