Choosing plants for your garden can be difficult, but the Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel is an obvious choice for anyone wanting neat, manageable plants that are no trouble to grow and need no special care at all. This evergreen shrub is a dwarf version of the common cherry laurel, with much smaller, narrower leaves and growing only 3 to 4 feet tall, but 6 to 8 feet wide. It will grow in sun or partial shade, in almost any kind of soil and it looks attractive all year round with no input from you. Not only that, it has attractive spikes of fragrant white flowers in spring, adding to the floral abundance of that season. It makes an ideal choice for planting around your home along with other foundation plants or among other shrubs in a bed. Planted in groups it is an ideal filler for shady corners of the garden, leaving the sunny areas for colorful flowering plants.
The Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel is a fast-growing shrub that will quickly from an attractive broad, dense plant that is always glossy green and healthy in all seasons of the year. Because it does not grow too tall it is ideal for a low hedge along a driveway, giving structure and form to the garden without blocking attractive views or throwing too much shade.
Your Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel will grow into a rounded shrub 3 to 4 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet across. Ultimately it may grow 6 to 10 feet tall if left unclipped. The glossy, evergreen leaves are just 1 inch wide, and up to 4 inches long, much smaller and more attractive than the leaves of the common cherry laurel. It produces upright clusters of fluffy white flowers in spring which are fragrant, sometimes followed by cherry-like fruits, but flowers are usually not produced on plants that are regularly clipped. The black ‘cherry’ fruits which are sometimes produced are popular with birds, but they should not be eaten by humans. The leaves are also toxic, so do not use this plant for a hedge if horses and other grazing animals can reach it.
To get the maximum rapid growth from your plants, apply water and fertilizer during the first few years, but after that this plant is extremely resistant to drought and poor soil conditions and will thrive on neglect. It has no significant pests or diseases and it is very deer resistant, so nothing is going to stop your Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel from looking healthy without needing to use sprays or dangerous chemicals.
The Cherry Laurel, Prunus laurocerasus, is also called English Laurel and has been grown in gardens for hundreds of years. It is found growing naturally around the Black Sea, in Turkey and in Iran. The early settlers brought plants for their gardens from Europe, but the Otto Luyken variety was only found in 1968 at the Hesse Nursery in Weener, Hanover. It quickly became popular across Europe and was brought to America, where it has proved just as popular. It received an Award of Garden Merit from the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society in 1993, for its compact size and abundance of flowers. Because of its special qualities it must be grown from stem pieces, not seeds, so avoid cheaper seedling plants, or other plants not carrying this name, as they will just grow into enormous shrubs with large leaves, unsuitable for a small garden.
The Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel is hardy in zones 6 to 8, so it will grow throughout the south, west and most of the east of America. It does especially well in warmer areas except for Florida and southern Texas. This plant is very tough and will grow in almost any soil, tolerating poor soils, clay and urban air-pollution without any trouble at all.
For a low hedge space your Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel plants 3 feet apart and you will quickly have a perfect result. When pruning, always keep the top narrower than the bottom, so that light will reach to the ground, otherwise the bottom of your hedge will become bare. If you have neglected to trim your plants, or want to reduce the size of them, cut in spring, even into bare branches, which will quickly re-sprout and fill in again.
Unlike many other hedge-plants the Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel will to grow strongly in both sun and partial shade. So if part of your hedge is shaded it will be just as lush and strong as the part in the sun. Keep your plants well-watered as they establish, but then these tough plants will take drought and heat, thriving under difficult conditions
Because this is a special dwarf form of the common cherry laurel, it is important to obtain plants from reliable growers, and we have direct contact with top growers across the country. However despite receiving new shipments constantly, our stocks can run out, so to avoid disappointment and missing out on growing one of the best evergreen shrubs available, order your Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel plants now and enjoy relaxed, low-maintenance gardening.