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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.
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.
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
Tolerates all - will not tolerate boggy or waterlogged soil.
Partial shade - for best variegation
Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.