AUCUBA omeiensis

Commonly known as Chinese laurel

Large multi-stemmed shrub with pale green serrated leaves
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AUCUBA omeiensis

  • Evergreen
    Elliptic to broadly elliptic, leathery, coarsely toothed leaves to 25cm (10in) long, deep green above and light green beneath.
  • Height
    4m (14ft)
  • Spread
    4m (14ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Stout, smooth green stems. Male flowers are green, yellow or purplish red; female are yellowish and are carried on shorter panicles. Fruits are cylindrical, to 2cm (¾in) long, and ripen to dark red in the following winter
  • 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
  • Partial shade
    Protect from cold, drying winds
  • Additional Features
    Berries These plants have berries.
  • Good to know
    syn. A. chinensis var. chinensis
  • Pests & Diseases
  • Place of origin
    western China (Sichuan)
  • Flower Shape
    Panicles - loose panicles to 13cm (5in) long of small, 4-petalled flowers
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Serrate see photos above
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic see photos above
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil - moderately fertile
  • Wildlife
    Rabbit Resistant
Aucuba japonica - Growing Guide
4m (14ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  4m (14ft)

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