February 8, 2023
Aucuba japonica

Aucuba japonica is a medium to large size shrub. It is native to China, Japan, and Korea. The leaves are variegated. They also call it Japanese Aucuba, Japanese Laurel, Spotted Laurel, or Gold Dust Plant. Aucuba japonica grows to 2.5m or 8ft. It is from the Garryaceae family of plants.

Aucuba japonica, Japanese Laurel
Aucuba japonica or Japanese Laurel

How to grow Aucuba japonica:

Aucuba japonica withstands coastal situations. They plant it outdoors or in containers as houseplants. It is very easy to grow. Plant it in the sun or partial shade.  It is hardy and can grow in most difficult situations, such as dry and shady, however, it does not do well if it is water-logged.

Aucuba japonica is easy to maintain. It requires minimal pruning. Simply trim to shape. Remove any dead leaves or branches. Propagate this plant by cuttings. Do softwood cuttings in summer and hardwood cuttings in autumn.

Aucuba japonica
Japanese Aucuba, Japanese Laurel, Spotted Laurel, or Gold Dust Plant

Aucuba japonica was brought to the UK in 1783 by John Graeffer. It was cultivated, but all the plants were female. It was not until 80 years later when a male plant was imported to the UK from Yokohama, Japan. For the first time in 1864 berries were produced in London. So you need both males and females nearby, to produce berries.

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