Aucuba japonica Goldstrike - Spotted Laurel Plant in 9cm Pot
Native to the Himalayas and much of East Asia the Aucubas are beautiful architectural plants that will happily grow in the most shady of locations, thus bringing colour to the dullest of corners
I should perhaps mention that the best variegations are maintained in the more open situations, but they will not disappear, even in heavy shade. They are tough hardy plants that will tolerate virtually any location, except the heavily waterlogged. Aucubas come in both male and female varieties so the male ones do not produce berries. So there needs to be a male in the vicinity to pollinate a female, otherwise again, no berries
As bees tend to forage the same species of plant at one time and most urban areas will have a male plant somewhere in the vicinity, pollination is not much of a worry, if you would like berries. The plant is primarily grown for its foliage. Golden Girl was raised by Peter Moore and is a cross between A. crotonifolia and A. nana rotundifolia. It is a female variety, retains the excellent markings of crotonifolia, but only grows to around 1 metre so is an excellent choice for a small garden or pot
It is not prone to reversion but if you see any branches producing plain green leaves they should be removed right back to the main stem as soon as they are seen. If not the plant will slowly turn green
Can be used in a mixed planting or as a stand alonespecimen in the garden or can easily be grown in a pot or container. When growing in a pot or other container. Use a good quality John Innescompost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types ofcompost eventually degrade and become too packed and choke the roots.Ensure you feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer. We recommend Osmoscote pro 12-14 month applied in the early spring. One application gives all the nutrients the plant requires for the whole year. John Innes is a soils based compost. Can be used as an excellent high quality hedging plant.