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Close up of Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel foliage and flowers, long stalks of small white fuzzy looking flowers emerge from shiny dark green foliage
Close up of Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel planted in a landscape, long narrow leaves that are shiny and dark green on the top with a lighter green underside
Several Otto Luyken Cherry Laurels planted in a landscape, green evergreen foliage makes this shrub a nice privacy hedge
Close up of Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel foliage and flowers, long stalks of small white fuzzy looking flowers emerge from shiny dark green foliage
Close up of Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel planted in a landscape, long narrow leaves that are shiny and dark green on the top with a lighter green underside
Close up of Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel foliage and flowers, long stalks of small white fuzzy looking flowers emerge from shiny dark green foliage
Close up of Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel planted in a landscape, long narrow leaves that are shiny and dark green on the top with a lighter green underside
Several Otto Luyken Cherry Laurels planted in a landscape, green evergreen foliage makes this shrub a nice privacy hedge
Close up of Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel foliage and flowers, long stalks of small white fuzzy looking flowers emerge from shiny dark green foliage
Close up of Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel planted in a landscape, long narrow leaves that are shiny and dark green on the top with a lighter green underside

GLOSSY GREEN LEAVED FRAGRANT WHITE BLOOMING SHRUB

FEATURES:

  • Beautiful glossy evergreen green leaves
  • In spring, scented white flowers bloom 
  • Stays compact, perfect for low hedges and foundations 
  • Easy to care for and attracts butterflies 
  • Works beautifully in all seasons 
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Photo Credit: ©Nova-Photo-Graphik GmbH® Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Mature Height: 3-4' tall
  • Mature Width: 5-6' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 3-5' apart

Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel

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Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'

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GLOSSY GREEN LEAVED FRAGRANT WHITE BLOOMING SHRUB

FEATURES:

  • Beautiful glossy evergreen green leaves
  • In spring, scented white flowers bloom 
  • Stays compact, perfect for low hedges and foundations 
  • Easy to care for and attracts butterflies 
  • Works beautifully in all seasons 
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Photo Credit: ©Nova-Photo-Graphik GmbH® Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Mature Height: 3-4' tall
  • Mature Width: 5-6' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 3-5' apart

Why plant Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel?

Meet the Cherry Laurel's mini me - the Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel. This plant is covered head to toe with broad glossy deep green leaves with fuzzy upright white flowers that bloom in the springtime and are extremely fragrant! This plant is one obvious choice when decorating your garden. Otto's are manageable, easy to grow, and very low maintenance. The only thing you'll have to do is sit back and watch them look pretty! These shrubs are extremely fast-growing—so it won't take long for it beauty to shine! In the spring, this shrub will gift you with its wonderful upright and fragrant white flowers. In the winter, it won't bore you as its evergreen deep green broad leaves will bring life in the dead of winter!

The Otto Luyken variety was only found in 1968 at the Hesse Nursery in Weene, Hanover. This shrub quickly became popular across Europe and soon was brought to American where it gained popularity even faster. The Otto Luyken received an Award of Garden Merit from the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society of England in 1993 for its favorable size and amount of lovely fragrant flowers.

How to use Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel in the landscape?

Because of the Cherry Laurels beautifully fragrant flowers, it is ideal to plant around your home as a wonderful foundation plant, create a magical structure with these wonderful plants to up your curb-appeal! Cherry Laurels work wonderfully with other shrubs of many other shapes and sizes.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 6-9

How To Plant Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel

This plant lives its best life when grown in full sun but also may enjoy partial shade. In hotter climates it will appreciate some shade so keep that in mind. The Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel has a wide variety of tolerances including dry or poor soils, pollution, heavy pruning, and most urban conditions. We do recommend planting in either spring or fall for best establishment results.

How To Water

Watering your Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel when first planted should occur on a weekly basis. Every other day for the first two to three weeks until established. When settled, commence watering when necessary and be mindful of dry, hotter, periods checking the soil and making sure their thirst is quenched.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant Food granular form on an annual basis each fall. If planting in the fall, use Elements fertilizer while planting and start your regular annual fertilizing the following fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established as it gives your tree the nutrients it needs to produce lush new growth for the following spring.

How To Prune

The Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel is a low maintenance shrub that does not normally require pruning. Once established, during late spring early summer pruning may be done just to keep them looking neat and tidy.


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