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Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’

Cherry laurel

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMay & September
  • Height0.6m to 2m
  • Spread1.5m to 2m
  • Growth HabitInverted cone
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’ (Cherry laurel). An evergreen, very dense shrub with upright, glossy, dark green leaves. In late spring, white flowers are borne in spikes, followed by small, reddish-black fruit.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Cherry

Origin

E. Europe to W. Asia

Interest and use

Ornamental, hedging, fruit Spring interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Fertile, Light, Medium, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

You should plant in moist, well-drained soil in full sun, remember to protection from strong winds. Propagation is from grafting or from seeds.

Propagation

You can propagate the deciduous species by seeds in the autumn. Propagate deciduous hybrids by softwood cuttings in summer. Increase evergreens by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Bullfinches may eat flower buds and foliage may be attacked by aphids, caterpillars and the fungal disease silver leaf. Flowering cherries are prone to a fungus that causes abnormal crowded shoots (sometimes called witches' brooms).

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