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PlantFiles: English Laurel, Common Laurel, Cherry Laurel
Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'

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

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


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


Other details:
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RonDEZone7a 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.

Negative heavymettle 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.

Neutral DianneSlipkid 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.

Positive bed24 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.


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
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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