Plant Care Japanese Laurel

Japanese Laurel

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Japanese Laurel has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Japanese Laurel has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Japanese Laurel

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

Spotted laurel, Japanese aucuba and Gold dust plant

How to care for Japanese Laurel


How often to water your Japanese Laurel

Water needs for Japanese Laurel
0.5 cups
every 9

Japanese Laurel 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 Japanese Laurel

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Japanese Laurel: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Japanese Laurel love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Japanese Laurel does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Japanese Laurel

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Japanese Laurel: 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 Japanese Laurel after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Japanese Laurel

Japanese Laurel

Japanese Laurel

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

Japanese Laurel has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Japanese Laurel has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Japanese Laurel has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
@Teapott73 avatar
leaf-1 45 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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@kynleet_230 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 196 XP
globe Angleton, TX


Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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