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Spotted Laurel

Aucuba japonica

Full Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

2.5m

1.5m

Min

1.5m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Spotted Laurel Overview

Aucuba japonica is an evergreen shrub species from which many cultivars and hybrids have been developed. Its large leaves are mid-green, waxy, tooth-edged and splashed with pale yellow 'spots'. Small purple, spring flowers are followed by large glossy red fruit, on female plants. A. japonica can light up shady corners and it makes an excellent dense screen/hedge for an urban or coastal garden, as it copes well with urban pollution and salt air. It is easy to look after and resilient - thriving in inhospitable, shady areas of the garden where other plants struggle. All parts toxic if ingested.

Common problems with Spotted Laurel

Generally pest free.

How to propagate Spotted Laurel

Cuttings

Take semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.

Seed

Special features of Spotted Laurel

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant

Wind break

Other uses of Spotted Laurel

This versatile shrub can be used in almost every garden, either as a specimen plant in a flower bed/border or as hedging to provide a screen. The foliage is often used for flower arrangements.

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