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Spotted laurel

The Spotted laurel (Aucuba japonica)

is a bushy fully hardy perennial evergreen shrub with dark pink flowers in late Spring. It grows well in shade and semi-shade.


Aucuba japonica grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5.5 (very acidic ranges from 5.2 to 5.5) to 8 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to chalk, clay loam, loam, loamy sand, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils.


This is a erect shrub has an ultimate height of 2.5m / 8.2ft and spread of 2.5m / 8.2ft. It can take 16-20 years to reach its ultimate height.


It has green, yellow and mixed leaves. They are elliptic in shape.


Attractive foliage, bank and slope, basic hedge, city courtyard garden, coastal/seaside suitable, flowering shrub, low maintenance, mixed shrub border, small garden/space and container plant.


Salt/sea spray (medium) and air pollution (high).

Fruit and seed

The fruit is red. There is a medium fruit/seed abundance beginning in Autumn and ending in Winter.

-20°C / -4F 5.5 to 8 16-20 years 2.5m / 8.2ft 2.5m / 8.2ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Aucuba
Specific epithet ? japonica
Common names
Spotted laurel (Ireland), Gold dust (Australia)
IPNI details on Aucuba japonica
References [edit] ?

Plant added by plantdatabase

Aucuba japonica http://plantdatabase.ie/Aucuba_japonica
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