10 years to reach maturity
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Spotted Laurel Overview
Aucuba contains 10 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees that grow between 2-13m tall. This genus is termed dioecious and thus produces unisexual flowers. These contain either male or female reproductive organs and these gendered flowers are produced on individual plants. They are cultivated mainly for their attractive foliage and these species make good hedging plants, growing well in dry, shaded conditions. Leaves are oppositely arranged, toothed and fairly large, between 8-25cm in length on average. Flowers are small and purple to brown-red in colour, around 4-8mm wide, with 4 petals. Leading onto bright, attractive, ornamental red fruits. Aucuba species generally grow well in most soils, with the exception of waterlogged soils. Allow plants to dry out between waterings to reduce the chance of root rot. Aucuba species are a good choice of plants for hedging or screening due to their thick, attractive foliage. They may also be grown as free-standing shrubs for their ornamental value.
Common problems with Spotted Laurel
Generally pest free.
How to propagate Spotted Laurel
Some species may be propagated by seed, many cultivars are unlikely to come true from seed.