Other types of Laurel

The term 'Laurel' is used in the common names of several other plants, some of which are listed below. The only other type of Laurel that is used for hedging is Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica).

Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica)

Aucuba japonica and its varieties are rounded, evergreen shrubs with large leaves. Aucuba are dioecious, meaning that plants have either male or female flowers, unlike most plants that have both male and female flowers on the same plant. As a result, some varieties are male and some are female. The flowers of Aucuba are purple and female varieties have red berries (if pollinated by a male plant).

All varieties of Aucuba japonica prefer to grow in the shade.

Spotted Laurel is the common name of Aucuba japonica and this is because the most popular varieties have variegated leaves with blotches of gold or white on the green leaves. The most popular and commercially available varieties are listed below.

Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' - Probably the best golden-variegated variety of Spotted Laurel with large gold blotches or spots on the dark green leaves. Has male flowers.

Aucuba japonica 'Golden King' - very similar to Crotonifolia with golden blotches on the dark green leaves. Has male flowers.

Aucuba japonica 'Rozannie' - a dwarf variety with dark green leaves and no variegation. One of the few varieties that has both male and female flowers on the same plant. Has large red berries in late autumn and winter.

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' ('Maculata') - has yellow speckled leaves and female flowers.

 

Other plants with Laurel in their common name

Danae racemosa - Alexandrian Laurel

Kalmia angustifolia - Pig Laurel

Kalmia latifolia - Mountain Laurel

Kalmia microphylla - Swamp or Bog Laurel

Laurus azorica - Canary Island Laurel

Umbellularia californica - Californian Laurel

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