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Aucuba japonica Japanese Laurel

Aucuba japonica Japanese Laurel

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Aucuba japonica Gold Dust Verigated Japanese Laurel

The Aucuba japonica 'Japanese Laurel' plant is a spotted laurel, in the Garryaceae (silk tassel) family, is a woody, broadleaf, evergreen shrub with variegated leaves. It can be found in moist woodland areas, thickets, valleys, and along streams. Partial shade to deep shade is the best growing environment.

Young leaves exposed to the sun will blacken. The soil needs to have good drainage, moist to occasionally dry or wet conditions. The plant will tolerate poor soils and urban conditions like air pollution. The foliage is susceptible to windburn so plant in a protected area. Spotted laurel typically grows 6 to 10 feet (infrequently to 15 feet) tall, unless pruned shorter. Plant 3 to 6 feet apart. It is propagated by seed or stem cutting. 

Growing Japanese Laurel

  • Plant in a location with partial to full shade, as it prefers indirect sunlight and can tolerate low light conditions.
  • Provide well-draining, rich soil with plenty of organic matter to promote healthy growth and prevent waterlogging.
  • Water regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during dry periods and the plant's establishment period.
  • Prune the plant lightly to remove dead or damaged branches and maintain its shape, ideally after the flowering season.
  • Hardy in USDA zones 6-10 and benefits from protection from strong winds and extreme cold. Mulch around the base to retain soil moisture and provide additional protection in cooler climates.

Shipping Info

Your plant will be between 10 to 12 inches in height with well-developed roots and be ready to plant upon arrival. These plants have been growing in one gallon containers. They will be shipped without the containers. The roots and soil will be dampened and covered in plastic wrap prior to shipping.

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