Aucuba japonica 'DENTATA'

Aucuba japonica
Aucuba japonica 'DENTATA'
Japanese laurel, aucuba
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1.3-1.8m
USUAL WIDTH 1.3-1.8m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION semi-shade to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Rarities
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Japanese laurel – aucuba is a commonly known favourite especially in Britain and in milder parts of humid regions of Germany and Benelux. The first specimen was brought from Japan to Europe in 1783, and has been sought after ever since for its unusual shape of foliage and beautiful variegation on some cultivars, hence its name spotted laurel.

Dentata is a large-leaved variety of Japanese laurel. It leaves are dark olive green and glossy, ovate with serrated margins. They look like those on Rozannie but are wider and slightly paler green and less glossy. It is a female variety producing vivid red fruit in late summer if pollinated. In our climate (zone 6) it grows slowly to moderately, reaching a height and width of something between 1.5 and 1.8m in maturity (abt. 20 years).

Commonly considered a house plant, spotted laurel is suitable for outdoor cultivation, too. Grow it in a location sheltered from winter sunlight, possibly in a partial shad all year round. Provide it with fertile, constantly moist but well-drained, preferably acid to neutral soil. Pruning is possible in early spring after all frosts. Older plants can be pruned medium hard for rejuvenation. Extra watering is advisable in frost-free periods of winter when the ground is not frozen. Hardy to approx. -24°C (USDA zone 6).

Last update 13-04-2015
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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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