Prunus laurocerasus 'OTTO LUYKEN'

Prunus laurocerasus
Prunus laurocerasus 'OTTO LUYKEN'
Cherry laurel, common laurel, English laurel - tree form
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 1.5-3m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full sun to shade
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty) to neutral
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Trees
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We are specialists in evergreen plants, and we offer the widest possible range of quality plants. English (cherry) laurel is probably the most common and reliable species.

Otto Luyken is one of the best known as well the most reliable and the hardiest selection among cherry laurels. Its evergreen pointed leaves are glossy and dark green. In April and May appears a profusion of erect racemes compound of small, creamy white, fragrant flowers followed by blue-black fruit. There have been tests carried out (source: Plants For A Future) that proved that only leaves and seeds from unripe fruit can be dangerous, and that dark-coloured and ripe fruit in limited quantity is harmless even for children. It often re-blooms in late summer and autumn.

It forms small, healthy shrubs, which predominantly spread to sides. As it reaches no more than about 1.5m in many years, it is often grafted onto half-standard or high standard stems in order to establish a compact tree form. Use it as a small specimen tree anywhere in the garden or combine it well with dwarf conifers or other evergreen shrubs of different colours.

It can be pruned in April or in mid July. Laurels need deep and fertile, acid, moist but well-drained soil, and extra watering in frost-free periods of winter to prevent from drying out before the ground gets frozen. It will thrive in full sun or part shade and will also tolerate being grown in full shade where it partly loses its shape. It seldom suffers from chlorosis (leaves turning yellow owing to lack of iron in the soil) but when it does use a special liquid soil pH balancer to increase soil acidity which will help the plant absorb iron from the ground. It is very hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 26-02-2020
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Prunus laurocerasus 'OTTO LUYKEN'
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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