Otto Luyken English Laurel Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken' 36-42" B&B

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A dwarf form of English laurel. This lush growing, compact, evergreen shrub offers year-round interest with glossy dark green leaves and showy, fragrant, creamy white flower spikes, followed by small black ornamental fruit. Dense foliage provides winter shelter for birds. Excellent as a hedge, background plant or privacy screen. Shade tolerant.


Thrives in slightly deep, fertile, moist, humusy, well-drained soil; tolerates poor, sandy, or clay soils. Prefers more sun in cool climates, more shade in warmer areas. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates dry shade. Feed in early spring. Prune after flowering to shape.


Average Size at Maturity

Moderate growing; reaches 3 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.

Bloom Time

Spring flowers, followed by ornamental summer fruit.

Design Ideas

This easy-care evergreen makes a great low-growing informal hedge for use as a divider or in front of a taller hedge. A fine year-round presence in the garden.

Deciduous/ Evergreen


Flower Attribute

Fragrant, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Dark Green

Garden Style

Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean

Growth Habit


Growth Rate


Landscape Use

Border, Hedge, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Accent, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Dry Shade, Urban Garden

Light Needs

Full sun, Partial sun

Soil Needs

Tree & Shrub Food

Special Feature

Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Road Salt

Water Needs


Watering Needs

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Key Feature

Compact Hedge Plant