Cherrylaurel (Prunus laurocerasus `Otto Luyken')
Foliage: Evergreen broadleaf Height: 4 feet
Spread: 8 feet
The species (Prunus laurocerasus) is generally not sold in the U.S. Cultivars of cherrylaurel are low- growing with handsome glossy foliage and white flowers in spring. This species tolerates shade and is used as a border, hedge, and in mass.
Zone: 6b (6a) to 9
Light: Full to partial shade to full sun
Moisture: Moist to dry
Soil Type: Sandy, loam, or clay loam
pH Range: 3.7 to 7.3
Suggested uses for this plant include hedge and massing.
Adapts well to sun or shade. Plant in well drained soils! Salt tolerant.
Tolerates heavy pruning and shearing.
More disease and insect resistant than other Prunus species.
Root rot can be a problem if planted in a wet or poorly drained location.
Consult local garden centers historic or public gardens and arboreta regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.
Cultivars of Prunus laurocerasus:
‘Otto Luyken’ has a distinct horizontal growth habit and is one of the most cold hardy cultivars.
`Schipkaensis' (Schipka Cherrylaurel) is a low-growing (5 feet tall) and wide spreading cultivar that is hardier (zone 5) than other cultivars.
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October 12, 2018