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Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’

Cherry laurel

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  • Botanical name: Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'
  • Common name: Cherry laurel
  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Cherry laurel, Prunus laurocerasus, is a dense, evergreen shrub with shiny and dark green leaves. In spring it bears upright, white flowers, followed by fruits in autumn that resemble cherries. These turn from red to black as they mature. The flowers are popular with bees and other pollinators, and birds eat the berries. Prunus laurocerasus has a reputation for being invasive in the UK and can become a thug in the garden.

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Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’ is also known as ‘compact laurel’ as it only reaches a height and spread of 1m x 1.5m – it grows wider than it does high. It’s typically used to create a low, dense, evergreen hedge or low maintenance ground cover. It has the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’ is a low maintenance plant, suitable for growing in a range of soils and situations – ideally, grow it in moist but well-drained soil, in sun or partial shade. It doesn’t need pruning, but you could trim established plants in late spring or early summer to keep them looking tidy. It’s a relatively slow grower, putting on 10-20cm of growth a year.

Buy and plant Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’plants as pot-grown plants all year round, or as bare-root plants during the dormant season (November to March).

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How to grow Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

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Plant does flower in April

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Fruits
Fruits

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Plant does not fruit in February

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Plant does fruit in October

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Plant does not fruit in December

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Prune

Do not Prune in January

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Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken' and wildlife

Prunus 'Otto Luyken' is known for attracting bees and birds. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers and has seeds for birds.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken' poisonous?

Prunus 'Otto Luyken' is harmful if ingested. Its foilage and fruit are toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

Toxic to Livestock

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds