Origin: Germany. Evergreen shrub with broad and compact habit. Narrow elliptic leaves 8-10 cm long, 2-3 cm wide, glossy dark green. White flowers in spikes in April-May. Adapts well to different types of soil but prefers slightly dry to moist or fertile from slightly acid to alkaline. Tolerates all positions but in complete shade it requires plenty of light. Withstands severe and repeated pruning and it is one of the most popular plants used for hedges, both clipped and left to grow freely. Withstands the cold and if it suffers damage from an unexpected hard frost it will vigorously form re-growth at the base. Very decorative shaped into a half standard and also as a standard.
Latin Name: Prunus Laurocerasus Otto ‘Luyken’
English Name: Cherry Laurel ‘Otto Luyken’
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
Flowering Period: April-May.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-drained. Chalk. Clay. Loam. Sand.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight or Partial Shade or Full Shade.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed.
Hardiness Rating: High (H5)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -15 °C to -10 °C (5 °F to 14 °F)
Suggested Uses: Small gardens. Cultivation in pots. Groups. Shrubland and woods. Natural flowering hedges.
Maintenance: Can be pruned after flowering in late spring or early summer.
Growth Habit: Bushy.
Growth Speed: Medium.
Final Height: 1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Final Sideways Spread: 2 m – 3 m (6.6 ft – 9.8 ft)
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