Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'
- Common Name(s):
- Otto Luyken cherry laurel
- Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
'Otto Luyken' is a compact cultivar that grows only 3-4 feet tall and spreads to 6-8 feet. Over time it can grow 6-10 feet tall. It is free-flowering. It was introduced by Hesse Nurseries in Germany around 1968.
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Spring Fruit: Summer, black drupe
Wildlife Value: Fruits are relished by birds.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Better resistance than most other species in the genus Prunus. Susceptible to shot-hole disease, powdery mildew and root rot.
Compare this plant to: Prunus lauroceraus 'Zabelinana'
- 3-4 ft.
- Dark green leaves; 4 in. long and 1 in. wide; not toothed near apex
- Small white flowers on 3 to 4 in. erect panicles; round black drupe
- Sun to shade; moist, well-drained soil enriched with organic matter
- Poison Part:
- Wilted leaves, twigs (stems), seeds.
- Gasping, weakness, excitement, pupil dilation, spasms, convulsions, coma, respiratory failure
- Toxic Principle:
- Cyanogenic glycoside, amygdalin
- HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
- 4-8 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1730