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Commonly known as Japanese laurel, Spotted 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.
EvergreenElliptic to ovate, glossy, mid-green leaves to 20cm (8in) long, usually with a few marginal teeth.
Tall ShrubRounded shrub. Produces small, red-purple flowers with yellow anthers in erect panicles to 10cm (4in) long
Hardy - cold winterHardy 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)
Partial shadeFor best variegation
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowIntroduced into UK by Robert Fortune in 1861.Pests & DiseasesNone.Place of originJapan.
Soil ConditionsTolerates allWill not tolerate boggy or waterlogged soil.
Buy Varieties of AUCUBA
best golden form (female form)
striking golden variegation (female form)
compact growing hermaphrodite variety with deep purple flowers and bright red long drooping berries
large multi-stemmed shrub with pale green serrated leaves