Dwarf Cherry Laurel 'Otto Luyken'

Award Winning Compact Cherry Laurel!

  • Lush, Fragrant Flowers
  • Shiny, Evergreen Leaves
  • Disease and Pest Resistant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Unique Hedge or Mass Planting
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Product Details

The Dwarf Cherry Laurel 'Otto Luyken' is an attractive evergreen shrub with lush bloom clusters.  This plant is tough and hardy and extremely easy to grow.  This compact Cherry Laurel was granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The Otto Luyken boasts shiny, dark green leaves and white bloom clusters similar to butterfly bush flowers.  The size of this Cherry Laurel is much more petite than its relatives, and its aromatic leaves are much smaller too.  The leaves have a sweet scent with a hint of almond.  The fragrant flowers are more abundant and lush than other varieties.  The flower fragrance is a pleasant, sweet scent.  After the flowers fade black berries form and last into winter.  These berries attract birds and other wildlife.

Great for cities and coastal areas the Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel tolerates pollution and salt spray.

The Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel offers year-round interest for your landscape.  Laurels are excellent for borders and mass plantings.  This evergreen shrub perks up rock and Zen gardens and mixed beds.  At 3 to 4 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide this English Laurel can even be used in foundation plantings. Try this pretty Laurel in containers to give your entryway, porch, patio, or deck an exciting, new look.  For borders or hedges plant about 5 feet apart.  Otherwise, plant about 9 feet apart to give your plants space in-between

This Dwarf Cherry Laurel grows in partial shade to full sun and is adaptable to just about any well-drained soil.  Some shade is recommended in zones 8 and 9. This English laurel requires no pruning, but if needed prune after flowering.  This Laurel is low maintenance; it is pest, deer, and disease resistant.  After establishing laurels are drought tolerant.  We recommend fertilizing with our balanced, slow release fertilizer when planting and in early spring for optimal growth.

Start enjoying your Otto Luyken English Laurel ASAP!  Order yours today!


Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade
Soil Type Adaptable
Mature Height 3-4 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Dark Green
Bloom Color White
Botanical Name Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'

How To Care for your new Dwarf Cherry Laurel 'Otto Luyken'

Be sure to choose the right location and conditions for your Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel to thrive.  Spring and fall are ideal times to plant.  Although anytime temps are not extreme you can plant this dwarf shrub.  This Cherry Laurel grows in planting zones 6-9.

Plant in full sun to partial shade. In growing zones 8 and 9, some shade is recommended. Laurels are adaptable, but prefer a moist, well-draining soil.  Water deeply when planting and twice weekly for the first 3 months while your new plant is establishing.  After establishing, Laurels are drought tolerant. Three inches of mulch is a great option to prevent weeds, keep the soil cool and moist, and protect the roots during extreme temperatures.  Fertilize when planting and in spring with a balanced, slow release fertilizer.  We have our own custom blend made to give your new plants the best start!   English Laurels can tolerate heavy pruning, but don't require it.  Prune any time of the year.

Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel are pest, deer, and disease resistant.  This Laurel is also pollution and salt tolerant.


Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 1-2 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.


Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the shipping map below.  Please note that shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  

West coast orders on plants will be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex, UPS, or USPS.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when the carrier picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant! 

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Because it is beautiful, hardy, perennial, good addition to my garden
Doris D on Jul 12, 2017
Because it is beautiful, hardy, perennial, good addition to my garden
Doris D on Jul 12, 2017
What is the width of the plant upon delivery?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: they are approximately 14 inches tall and wide currently. Sorry for the delay!
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