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Commonly known as Chinese laurel
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Elliptic to broadly elliptic, leathery, coarsely toothed leaves to 25cm (10in) long, deep green above and light green beneath.
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)
Protect from cold, drying winds
Berries These plants have berries.
Good to know
syn. A. chinensis var. chinensis
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
western China (Sichuan)
Panicles - loose panicles to 13cm (5in) long of small, 4-petalled flowers
Serrate see photos above
Elliptic see photos above
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
Fertile moist well-drained soil - moderately fertile