Aucuba japonica 'Longifolia'

Tough, hardy evergreen with longish leaves. Grows to about 1.5m and is happiest in shade. This form is female and will produce red berries if there is a male nearby.

Grows anywhere but prefers shade. Can get scorched if planted in full sun. Any soil. Okay in a pot if clipped regularly. ‘By cuttings from Kew by us’.
N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.

As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.

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