AUCUBA

Commonly known as Japanese laurel, Spotted laurel

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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
    Elliptic to ovate, glossy, mid-green leaves to 20cm (8in) long, usually with a few marginal teeth.
  • Height
    3m (10ft)
  • Spread
    3m (10ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Rounded shrub. Produces small, red-purple flowers with yellow anthers in erect panicles to 10cm (4in) long
  • Hardy - cold winter Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • 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 - introduced into UK by Robert Fortune in 1861.
  • Pests & Diseases
    none.
  • Place of origin
    Japan.
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Soil Conditions
    Tolerates all - will not tolerate boggy or waterlogged soil.
Aucuba japonica - Growing Guide
3m (10ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)
 

Buy Varieties of AUCUBA

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AUCUBA japonica 'Crotonifolia'

AUCUBA japonica 'Crotonifolia'

Japanese laurel, Spotted laurel

Best golden form (female form)

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £11.00 each
£14.00 each 
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AUCUBA japonica 'Golden Spangles'

AUCUBA japonica 'Golden Spangles'

Japanese laurel, Spotted laurel

Striking golden variegation (female form)

 
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MULTIBUY Any 3+ £11.00 each
£14.00 each 
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AUCUBA japonica 'Rozannie'

AUCUBA japonica 'Rozannie'

Japanese laurel, Spotted laurel

compact growing hermaphrodite variety with deep purple flowers and bright red long drooping berries

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £11.00 each
£14.00 each 
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AUCUBA omeiensis

AUCUBA omeiensis

Chinese laurel

Large multi-stemmed shrub with pale green serrated leaves

 
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£20.00 each 
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