Spotted Laurel
(Aucuba japonica)

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Aucuba japonica

Originating in Japan this shrub will survive deep shade and although not drought tolerant should not require much water in these conditions. Rounded, evergreen shrub with ovate, glossy, green leaves. Small, red-purple flowers are produced in mid-spring. The males have yellow anthers. The females produce bright red berries. The berries are produced in autumn. Plant is roughly 3m tall by 3m wide. Do not ingest (causes mild stomach upset)

Type
Exotic
Maintenance
Low
Container
One
Size
Small shrubs 0.5 - 3 metres
Zones
Semi-arid with winter rain, Moist temperate with warm summers, Winter rains with dry summers, Moist temperate with hot summers
Soils
Loam, Clay
Tolerances
Wind
Regions
Subtropical Garden
Shade levels
Shady
Flowering seasons
Summer
Colours
Yellow, Green, Red
Gardens
Habitat plants