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Otto Luyken English Laurel, Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’

Common Name: Otto Luyken English Laurel

Type: shrub


Zone: 6 to 9     Find Your Zone

Height: 4 to 6 feet

Width: 4 to 6 feet

Bloom Time: spring

Bloom Color: white

Sun exposure: Full sun to shade

Soil: well drained

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen  


This plant makes for a good foundation plant, hedge or mass planting. This plants stand out features are it dark green leaves and its beautiful plumes of white flowers. This plant is not void of its share of problems though. Shot Hole is a disease that can impede the look of the plant by putting holes in the leaves, as though it was shot with bird shot from a shotgun. Pruning off the effected branches is the cure for this problem, as fungicides do not do much.

When pruning these, always use pruners, as a hedge trimmer makes this bush look crazy due to its larger leaves. Also pruning after they bloom in spring is recommended.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-08-23T16:50:13+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL