Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'
Common name: 
Otto Luyken's Laurel
Pronunciation: 
PROO-nus lar-o-ser-A-sus
Family: 
Rosaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Evergreen shrub, 5 ft (1.5 m) tall, spread of 10 ft (3 m), upright stems, compact; often sheared.  Leaves alternate, simple, 10 cm long about 2.5 cm wide, dark green, margin entire except for a few small teeth near the tip, point up and away from the stem.  Buds green.  Flowers heavily, but briefly, in spring or summer.  Fruit black, round, about 1 cm.
  • Sun to part shade.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 6      Introduced in 1968 by a nursery in Hanover, Germany.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: in the parking lot behind Cordley Hall, near loading dock.
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  • plant habit, sheared

    plant habit, sheared

  • plant habit, sheared

    plant habit, sheared

  • leaves

    leaves

  • leaves, comparison

    leaves, comparison

  • plant habit, spring flowering

    plant habit, spring flowering

  • plant habit, sheared, flowering

    plant habit, sheared, flowering

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    flowering shoots

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    flower clusters and leaves