English Laurel, Common Laurel, Cherry Laurel 'Otto Luyken'

Prunus laurocerasus

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: laurocerasus (law-roh-KER-uh-sus) (Info)
Cultivar: Otto Luyken



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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Provides winter interest

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

New Market, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Rough And Ready, California

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Townsend, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware

Clarkston, Georgia

Decatur, Georgia

Ledbetter, Kentucky

Abingdon, Maryland

Brookeville, Maryland

Easton, Maryland

Raymond, Mississippi

Chatham, New Jersey

East Northport, New York

Ithaca, New York

Yonkers, New York

Burlington, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bend, Oregon

Clatskanie, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Souderton, Pennsylvania

Florence, South Carolina

Inman, South Carolina

Arlington, Tennessee

Dickson, Tennessee

Lenoir City, Tennessee

South Jordan, Utah

Alexandria, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia

Oakton, Virginia

Pembroke, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

College Place, Washington

Kirkland, Washington

Oak Harbor, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 23, 2012, RonDEZone7a from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

The 'Otto Lyuken' Cherry Laurel is a great easy-to-grow plant. I think people have problems with them when they plant them in inhospitable places, like hot dry parking lots, or plant them too close together and have to hack at them, which they tolerate but don't like too much. Left unclipped and undisturbed, in good soil with normal moisture, they grow to a nice 5 foot X 5 foot (x 4 feet high) size and are basically problem free.


On Sep 17, 2009, heavymettle from roslyn heights,
United States wrote:

Highly susceptible to winter damage inflicted by road salting. While beautiful when planted beneath shade trees, I would suggest winter burlap protection when grown street-side.


On May 6, 2009, DianneSlipkid from Oak Harbor, WA wrote:

Very sturdy, but we have two of these that were unfortunately planted too close to the house's foundation and need strong pruning twice a year to keep under control. They also were planted too close to the driveway, and their heavy pollen gets all over our cars.


On Oct 29, 2006, bed24 from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Leaves are beautiful, waxy, and evergreen. Spring blooms are pleasantly fragrant. Can be used in warmer zone 5 locations if protected from wind and winter sun. I suggest spraying with Wilt-Pruf or something similar as well.