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Spotted Laurel

Aucuba japonica

Plant Data

Order:
Garryales
Family:
Garryaceae (Silk Tassel)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Small clusters of tiny maroon flowers with 4 cream-coloured anthers, each flower having 4 petals.
Fruit:
A red berry (drupe), up to 1cm in diameter.
Leaves:
An evergreen shrub. Thick, leathery, shiny leaves. Pale green, heavily mottled yellow. The leaf margins are narrowly serrated.
Maximum Size:
3 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
All parts of Spotted Laurel are very poisonous.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Gold Dust Plant, Japanese Aucuba, Japanese Laurel.
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, parkland, woodland.