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Aucuba japonica (Long-leaved spotted laurel)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
2.5m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Aucuba japonica

Other names

Long-leaved spotted laurel

Genus

Aucuba Aucuba

Species

A. japonica - A. japonica is a rounded evergreen shrub with glossy, ovate mid green leaves and smal red-purple flowers in spring, male flowwers with yellow anthers. Females produce red berries in autumn.


Aucuba japonica is: Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Spreading, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Dark-purple, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-ripe cuttings


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Where to grow

Aucuba japonica (Long-leaved spotted laurel) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Containers, Resistant to pollution, Foliage only

Cultivation

Will grow well in all but waterlogged soils.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Aucuba japonica

Other names

Long-leaved spotted laurel

Genus

Aucuba Aucuba

Species

A. japonica - A. japonica is a rounded evergreen shrub with glossy, ovate mid green leaves and smal red-purple flowers in spring, male flowwers with yellow anthers. Females produce red berries in autumn.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Spreading, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Dark-purple, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage

Green in All seasons

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-ripe cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Aucuba japonica (Long-leaved spotted laurel) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Containers, Resistant to pollution, Foliage only

Cultivation

Will grow well in all but waterlogged soils.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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