Growing guide

How to grow Aucuba

Aucuba (spotted or Japanese laurel) is an easy to grow, evergreen shrub for brightening dry and shady parts of the garden with its shiny, dark green or yellow spotted leaves. Shiny red, autumn berries are a real bonus on female plants. It will also make a good hedge in difficult, low light areas.

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Quick facts

  • Easy to grow evergreen shrub (does not loose leaves in winter)
  • Grows well in partial or heavy shade; also in a sunny spot 
  • Tolerant of most soil types
  • Dislikes soils waterlogged soils
  • Suitable for milder coastal areas
  • Good for hedging in shade
  • Female plants need a male pollinator to produce berries

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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