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Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' hedging

Spotted Laurel hedge plants

Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’ is a stunning evergreen hedge plant. Aucuba is also known as Spotted Laurel due to its golden splashes of colour against the dark green glossy foliage. Red berries finish off this remarkable display that Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’ delivers.

  • Best Features: Glossy variegated evergreen foliage, red summer berries, very good in shade
  • Ideal For Hedges:  1.5-4m high
  • Growth Rate: Slow to Average | 20-40cm a year
  • Position: Full shade to sunny, moist to normal soil, exposed or sheltered, coastal or inland
  • Also Consider: Griselinia Littoralis for smaller variegated foliage or Holly (Ilex Aquifolium) which is also great planted in shade.

Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' Description

Commonly known as Spotted Laurel, Aucuba japonica is also referred to as Japanese Laurel. It’s famous for its large green leaves that are splashed with golden yellow. During the summer months, large red berries sit neatly within the coloured foliage.

Top Uses for Spotted Laurel Hedging

Aucuba japonica is an ideal hedging choice if you’re looking to add a privacy screen to your garden. It's also fantastic to use as a windbreak and noise barrier, making it a sustainable and valuable shrub for gardens. Spotted Laurel creates an excellent dense hedge and suitable for both informal and formal landscapes. This is one of the variety we strongly recommend for shade.

Combine Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' With

Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’ is versatile and can be combined with other hedging shrubs to create a magnificent tapestry effect. Spotted Laurel can also be grown alone for a more consistent, yet equally as stunning look.

Growth Rate of Japanese Laurel Hedges

Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' has a slow-to-average growth rate of approximately 20-40cm per annual. Spotted Laurel is ideally maintained between 1.5-4m.

Care Advice for Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia'

Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' provides a colourful evergreen feature that is fairly low maintenance. It’s best pruned after flowering in the summertime. Please view best4hedging’s care advice and planting instructions for more information. 

Recommended Planting Density for Spotted Laurel hedge Plants

For information on planting density, please see the product table. In the 'No. Per Metre' column, you will find our recommended plant density for each plant species and root type.

Spotted Laurel hedges are available to purchase year-round as pot-grown plants.

Mostly, our Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' hedges are grown in the UK by our experts who have a combined knowledge of nursery growing that spans generations. When we occasionally source Spotted Laurel from outside of the UK, we make every attempt to guarantee our suppliers are unbeaten on quality. At best4hedging, we strive to make sure that your plants reach you in the freshest condition and that they are of the highest quality while safeguarding our great prices. Rest assured, you can buy Japanese Laurel hedging plants online with absolute confidence.

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