Aucuba japonica crotonifolia (Spotted Laurel) 3l

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Spotted Laurel

Grown for its attractive foliage, Aucuba 'Crotonifolia' provides easy care interest for the garden all year round.

A medium sized shrub reaching approx. 2.5m in height, this fuss free plant will grow well in most situations, even a shady or dry spot, making it extremely versatile and explains why it is chosen for so many amenity planting schemes. Its large green leaves are decorated with splashes of golden-yellow and being evergreen it will provide colour and structure throughout the year. Plant against green foliaged shrubs and the bright foliage will really stand out. It makes a lovely hedge, that can be trimmed annually to keep in shape.

Reliable colour and structure in a fuss free shrub that will survive for decades in the right spot.

Key Features

Plant Type: Shrub

Hardiness: H5 Hardy. Minimum temperature -15 to -10.

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 2.5m x W 2.5m (Mature age: 10 Years)

Foliage Colour: Green, Yellow

Flower Colour: Purple

Fragrant Flower: No

Aromatic Foliage: No

RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No

Foliage Type: Evergreen

Hazardous / Poisonous Information: All parts highly toxic if eaten.

Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Loam, Chalky, Sandy

Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained, Well Drained

Light Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade

Planting Style: Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Containers, Urban Garden, Banks & Slopes, Coastal Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Flowering (from - to): April - May

Plant Care & Advice

Although it will grow almost anywhere that isn't waterlogged, the Spotted Laurel is particularly useful in dry, shady gardens. If you've been looking for a plant to grow in that dark dank spot by a north wall, this could be it.

Water plants well before planting, and during their first growing season. Once established, this is a low maintenance plant that needs very little attention. Feed with a general purpose fertiliser and mulch with well-rotted manure or compost in spring to encourage lush, leafy growth, and prune out any straggly branches at the same time.

Blackened leaves and shoot tips are a symptom of root stress caused by soil that's too wet, especially in winter. If you want to grow Spotted Laurels but you're worried you soil might be too wet or poorly-draining, try planting them on mounds of soil about 20cm (8in) high and enriched with plenty of compost.