Cherry laurel, Prunus laurocerasus, evergreen White blooms appear mid-spring Size? Take your pick. The species (photo right) grows fast (up to 2′ per year) to 20 feet tall, if left unpruned. ‘Otto Luyken’ grows to 3-4 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. It’s shown in the top photo. ‘Schipkaensis’ or ‘Schip’ (photo below) grows to 4-5 feet tall and 5-8 feet wide. Sources say they need good drainage, but doesn’t almost every plant? Hardy to Zone 6. Highly toxic.