Otto Luyken Laurel

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Polished Perfection Dwarf Otto Luyken Laurel

  • Classic Choice
  • Stays Compact for Small Space Gardens
  • Wonderful Broad-Leaved Accent Shrub
  • Glossy Green Leaves Remain Evergreen
  • Add Stems to Cut Flower Arrangements
  • Springtime Racemes of Scented White Blooms
  • Butterfly Magnet
  • Stays Full to the Ground
  • Low Hedges, Foundations and Specimens
  • Easy Care
  • Grows in Full Sun or Part Shade

These compact, broad-leaved evergreen shrubs live large in your garden. Design around the elegant Otto Luyken Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'). You'll be well on your way to enjoying a yard that works beautifully in all seasons.

Enjoy a lovely spring-flowering display. The bottle-brush white blooms are held high above large, lustrous leaves. Their fragrance will perfume your landscape for weeks!

Butterflies appreciate these flowering spikes. Watch as they work the blooms over to gather the nectar, and you'll feel good about your thoughtful choice.

The large leaves add a steady green dimension to your landscape. They'll reflect the sunlight, and muffle the discordant sounds of the city.

Go ahead and add large sprays of dark green foliage to your cut flower arrangements. There will be plenty left on your shrub, as the foliage remains lush and full to the ground. Savvy decorators may want to use a hedge as a backdrop for cutting gardens.

Define your space with these small-scale shrubs that spread a bit wider than they grow tall. Otto Luyken Laurel is a favorite of garden designers for good reason.

They'll effortlessly make other plants look good. Rely on their year-round good looks to set the stage for seasonally showy flowering plants.

You can't go wrong with a classic choice like the naturally dwarfed Otto Luyken Laurel. You'll be thrilled with the exceptional quality of these commercial-grade plants from our expert growers.

Place your order today. Please order enough to complete your entire project, as we will run out of this high-demand variety.

How to Use Otto Luyken Laurel in the Landscape

These hard-working shrubs make a charming accent plant throughout your yard. Add them to your foundation planting for an easy, breezy style that works all year.

Create low hedges to define moments of transition. Allow them to embrace the perimeter of your patio, or to soften the demarcation between manicured lawn and rough woodland.

Layer these into your mixed shrub border as a sophisticated boost of year-round color. The flowers and ornamental black berries on fertilized female plants only add to their appeal.

Create a solid screen where the canopies grow together and touch. Plant three and a half feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. Mulch between plants, and keep them weeded.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant Otto Luyken Laurel in full sun, or in warm climates, provide afternoon shade. It requires at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.

These plants will do well as understory shrubs with dappled shade. They enjoy slightly acidic, rich soil that drains well.

Add a three-inch layer of pine bark or pine straw over the root system to keep it cool. Reapply a fresh layer regularly, and you'll improve the condition of your soil over time.

Protect your investment with regular watering. Provide a medium amount of water on a schedule. This is especially important during their first season in your landscape, and during periods of drought.

Wait until the flowers are done to prune to shape. Tip prune to keep them trim, or chose to eliminate crossing branches back to a main stem.

These easy-care shrubs are a designer's dream. They'll add a gorgeous sense of stability and charm to your landscape. Order Otto Luyken Laurel from the expert growers at Nature Hills today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Otto Luyken Laurel Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes