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Aucuba japonica - 'Variegata' (Spotted Laurel)

Aucuba japonica - 'Variegata' (Spotted Laurel)
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Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Hedging & Screening, Evergreen
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Variegated green-gold Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Aucuba japonica Description

This fast growing evergreen shrub produces large waxy leaves with golden spots. Small purple flowers are followed by red berries in the autumn. Ideal as a informal hedge or back of border shrub - providing evergreen screening. 3m X 3m plus

Aucuba japonica - Cultivation Notes

Flourishing in full sun / partial shade this large shrub grows on all soil types. Avoid planting in waterlogged soils or exposed areas. Prune to shape in spring using secateurs.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Aucuba japonica:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Suitable for hedging or topiary
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Weaknesses of Aucuba japonica

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Aucuba japonica:

  • Evergreen plant suitable for trimming to shape or topiary
  • Fast growing evergreen plant ideal for screening
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Evergreen shrub suitable for planting in a shady location

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