Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' (also called spotted laurel)
Hardy evergreen shrub with green leaves spotted with yellow. Low maintenance, suitable for hedging, as a specimen, in mixed borders and for banks and slopes. Tolerates drought, atmospheric pollution and coastal exposure. The leaves are often used by flower arrangers.
All year round.
Habit - dense and rounded with thick stems. Slow growing. H:3m S:3m.
Leaves - large and leathery, simple to slightly serrated. Green, flecked and spotted with yellow.
Flowers and fruit - upright panicles of small reddish-purple flowers, borne in mid to late-spring, are followed by clusters of roughly spherical red berries.
Sun to partial shade, though plants grown in full sun may suffer from leaf scorch. Best grown facing east, west or north.
Moist but well-drained. Reasonably fertile. Tolerant of heavy clay.
In late winter/early spring, remove any damaged, misplaced or crossing shoots. Prune with secateurs to avoid cutting the large leaves in half.
By semi-hardwood cuttings or from seed. This plant is dioecious so if you want to collect seed, you'll need both male and female plants.
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