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Commonly known as Himalayan laurel, Japanese laurel

Genus of up to 10 species of tough, easily managed, evergreen, dioecious shrubs from the Himalayas to eastern Asia.

The common spotted laurel, japonica was introduced as a glasshouse specimen, a female, in 1783 and known as the "gold plant".

In 1861 plant hunter Robert Fortune located a male in Yokohama, brought it back to pollinate and the resultant red-berried shrub, exhibited at Kensington in 1864, caused a sensation.

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - dioecious shrubs - male and female plants required for berries. Exception is Rozannie which produces male and female flowers and a good quantity of berries.
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
  • Full shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade - for best variegation
  • Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - very tolerant of full shade, salt winds, pollution, dry soils. Good for hedges and screens.
  • Pests & Diseases - none.
  • Place of origin - Himalayas to eastern Asia.
  • Soil Conditions - Alkaline / Chalk loving -
  • Tolerates all - will not tolerate boggy or waterlogged soil.
Aucuba japonica - Growing Guide

Buy Varieties of AUCUBA

AUCUBA japonica 'Crotonifolia'  AWARD

AUCUBA japonica 'Crotonifolia'  >

Commonly known as: Japanese laurel, Spotted laurel.
Best golden form (female form)
Multibuy Any 3+ £11.00 each
£14.00 each

AUCUBA japonica 'Golden Spangles'

AUCUBA japonica 'Golden Spangles'  >

Commonly known as: Japanese laurel, Spotted laurel.
Striking golden variegation (female form)
Multibuy Any 3+ £11.00 each
£14.00 each

AUCUBA japonica 'Rozannie'  AWARD

AUCUBA japonica 'Rozannie'  >

Commonly known as: Japanese laurel, Spotted laurel.
compact growing hermaphrodite variety with deep purple flowers and bright red long drooping berries
Multibuy Any 3+ £11.00 each
£14.00 each

AUCUBA omeiensis

AUCUBA omeiensis  >

Commonly known as: Chinese laurel.
Large multi-stemmed shrub with pale green serrated leaves
£20.00 each
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Available late spring to early summer 2021 - These plants will be available again sometime in late spring/early summer depending on growing conditions.

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