Japanese laurel 'Goldstrike', Japanese aucuba 'Goldstrike'
Aucuba japonica 'Goldstrike' is an evergreen shrub species in the Garryaceae family. This cultivar has attractive dark green foliage splashed with pale yellow. Leaves are oval, waxy and have toothed edges. Small, non-showy purple-white flowers are produced, followed by red, glossy berries if pollination occurs. This species is dioecious, therefore it produces individual male and female flowers on separate plants. This cultivar is tolerant of shaded conditions and will grow well in partial to full shade, provided it is kept on the dry side. Like many Aucuba plants, it is prone to root rot in soils heavy in clay or organic matter. Makes a good hedging or screening plant for its thick foliage and may also be grown as a free-standing shrub for its ornamental value. This cultivar grows well in most soils, with the exception of waterlogged soils, allow to dry out between waterings to reduce chances of root rot.