Long-leaved Japanese laurel
Aucuba japonica f. longifolia is a medium-sized, evergreen shrub species in the Garryaceae family. It has a compact growing habit and typically doesn't grow larger than 2.5m high and wide. This cultivar is termed dioecious and thus produces separate male and female flowers on individual plants. Foliage is long, narrow and oppositely arranged, dark green and glossy in appearance. Small, non-showy purple flowers are produced, followed by bright red ornamental berries in female specimens if pollination occurs. 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.