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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.
EvergreenDioecious shrubs - male and female plants required for berries. Exception is Rozannie which produces male and female flowers and a good quantity of berries.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Partial shadeFor best variegation
Additional FeaturesGood to knowVery tolerant of full shade, salt winds, pollution, dry soils. Good for hedges and screens.Pests & DiseasesNone.Place of originHimalayas to eastern Asia.
Soil ConditionsAlkaline / Chalk lovingTolerates 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