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Aucuba japonica Golden King


Japanese Laurel

Large glossy evergreen leaves with beg yellow spots and red berries on female plant

Just the plant to light up a shady border where the large glossy, evergreen leaves spotted with bright yellow dots will shine throughout the year. Perfect as a specimen planted on its own or planted in rows as an informal screen. A neat, rounded shrub that is easy to grow and needs very little care - ideal for busy gardeners.


This plant loves a shady spot and any soil as long as it's not waterlogged. Happy in a large container.


Water in dry weather until established. Use a good quality loam based potting compost for container growing. Trim to shape in late spring if needed.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 65 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September