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Aucuba japonica

For sale by Rachel the Gardener

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Not the usual yellow/green 'Crotonifolia': these have variegated silver-and-green leaves, giving a coolness to the foliage. Ideal for informal hedging or as a specimen. Strong young plants, just over 1' tall, well rooted, just itching to get out of their pots and into your garden.

Aucuba japonica | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12
Aucuba japonica | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Sun or shade, any soil.

Use secateurs, not a hedgecutter, to keep it in shape: if you cut the leaves, they will go brown and die, looking horrible.

These variegated Laurels are somewhat slower growing than the plain dull green ones, so you need not worry about them taking over your garden. It is also very straightforward to keep them to a reasonable size, if that is required, by removing a main branch or two each year.

Plant Finder: about Aucuba japonica

Common names

Japanese aucuba, Himalayan laurel, Spotted laurel, Variegated laurel


Aucuba japonica (Japanese aucuba). This is a bushy dense evergreen shrub with large glossy dark green leaves that will produce attractive purple flowers. After the flowers bright red oval berries are produced. To ensure good fruit production grow both male and female plants.


This shrub will tolerate a wide range of conditions including full sun to deep shade and dry to moist soils.

Interest and use

Foliage, border, indoors, hedging, specimen.

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Aucuba japonica | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Poor quality, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist, Dry or Moist

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