Japanese laurel 'Golden Girl'
Aucuba japonica 'Golden Girl' is a compact, evergreen hybrid shrub in the Garryaceae family. It is the result of a cross between the plants Aucuba japonica ‘Nana Rotundifolia’ and A. japonica ‘Crotonifolia’. This cultivar is termed dioecious and thus produces separate male and female flowers on individual plants. Foliage is oppositely arranged, lance to oval shaped, toothed along the margins, glossy, green and attractively variegated with yellow patterning. Small, non-showy purple-red flowers are produced in clusters, followed by big, bright red ornamental berries on female specimens. Good for use as hedging or screening plant for its thick foliage and may also be grown as a free-standing shrub for its ornamental value. It grows well in most soils, with the exception of waterlogged soils, allow it to dry out between waterings to reduce the chance of root rot.