Plant Care Aucuba Japonica

Aucuba Japonica

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About Aucuba Japonica

Spotted laurel is a woody, broadleaf, evergreen shrub with variegated leaves. It is native to East Asia and Japan, but has become well adapted to the Southeastern United States. It grows 6 to 10 feet tall, unless pruned shorter. It can be propagated by seed or stem cutting.


Aucuba japonica

Also known as

Japanese Laurel, Japanese Laurel, Spotted laurel, Japanese aucuba and Gold dust plant

How to care for Aucuba Japonica


How often to water your Aucuba Japonica

Water needs for Aucuba Japonica
0.5 cups
every 9

Aucuba Japonica needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Aucuba Japonica

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Japanese Laurel in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Aucuba Japonica: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Aucuba Japonica love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Aucuba Japonica does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Aucuba Japonica in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Aucuba Japonica

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Aucuba Japonica: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Aucuba Japonica after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Aucuba Japonica is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Aucuba Japonica

Aucuba Japonica

Aucuba Japonica

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Aucuba Japonica has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Aucuba Japonica has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Aucuba Japonica has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Teapott73 avatar
leaf-1 39 Plants
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I noticed clovers growing in this pot. After researching 🥸clovers advantages and disadvantages, it appears the soils PH level is off balance. Ooh no,, Shakira’s soil maybe lacking nitrogen 🥺. I’m sure that other have gone through a similar situation. Did you keep or pull the clover?? I’m leaning towards pulling them because it is such a beautiful plant. Can someone share the best fertilizer supplement to rectify this problem.

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leaf-1 4 Plants
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