Japanese laurel 'Pepperpot'
Aucuba japonica 'Pepperpot' is an evergreen shrub species in the Garryaceae family. This cultivar has attractive dark green foliage dotted with golden yellow. Leaves are oval, waxy and have toothed edges. Small, non-showy purple flowers are produced in spring, 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 highly shaded conditions and heavy pollution, 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.