FLOWERING SHRUB. Aucuba japonica is the well-known variegated laurel, which has inconspicuous purple flowers followed by red berries. Its value lies in the glossy, substantial, evergreen leaves, some spotted creamy-yellow. It bears male and female flowers on separate plants, so one of each must be planted if berries are wanted. Aucubas grow to 10 ft. but can be kept down by pruning in March. Susceptible to spring frosts. Easily increased by cuttings of firm young shoots in September rooted in a cold frame.

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