Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'
Evergreen, very dense shrub. Upright narrow, glossy, dark green leaves. Spikes of white flowers in late spring. Cherry like red fruits which turn black in autumn. Very popular with the birds. Not good on a shallow chalk soil. Happy in sun or shade. Very tolerant of shade, good under a tree.
Will get to 1m in height with a spread of 1.5m
As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate around the base of a tree can be fatal.
IF IT HAS A GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHT
Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)
This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.
Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.
General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.
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