The Plant Company

Bringing your garden to life


01403 740100

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The Plant Company
Coolham Road
West Chiltington
West Sussex
RH20 2LH

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Opening times:
Monday-Friday, 9:00-17:30


The Plants

Aucuba japonica 'Golden King'

spotted laurel

Photo of Aucuba japonica 'Golden King'


A vigorous evergreen shrub with glossy, golden-variegated leaves and insignificant white-purple flowers in spring. Long leaved spotted laurel is a versatile and tough, evergreen With its striking variegated leaves it is perfect for shady gardens, and can also be used to great effect as a background for contrasting foliage plants.


  • Shrubs

Foliage: Evergreen

Hardiness: Hardy

Vigour: Fast growing


  • Beds and borders
  • Flower arranging
  • Cottage style garden
  • Contemporary style garden
  • Japanese style garden
  • Containers
  • Gravel garden
  • Hedging

Special features

  • Low maintenance
  • Evergreen
  • Winter interest

Care instructions

Grow in any soil in full sun, partial or full shade. To promote bushy growth cut back straggly branches in spring. Apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant after pruning.


Size: Large

Pot size: 7.5 litre

Eventual height: 250cm

Eventual spread: 250cm


  • Light shade
  • Shade


  • East
  • West
  • North

Soil types

  • Sandy
  • Normal

Soil pH ranges

  • Acid
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline