Japanese laurel ‘Crotonifolia’
A couple of days ago, I just happened to get a heads up that this weekend ‘the three’ would be tackling the subject of plants that we love to hate. And on that same dark, damp and spectacularly dull day, as I was taking my regular early morning stroll round the garden, I just happened to be struck by our very own Japanese laurel ‘Crotonifolia’.
Cheery plants are far and few between on a grey January day, so unlike many gardeners I know, I don’t hate it – I love it! It lights up any dark and dingy corner and it’s also very effective and long lasting if you cut a few stems and take them into the house.
Like everything, plants go in and out of fashion, and many gardeners do love to hate this rather passé shrub. However, don’t be too disparaging, it didn’t receive its AGM for nothing, and just remember that if you are among the chosen for enlightenment (Christopher Lloyd’s words not mine!) and you decide to get one, then on no account be fobbed off with any old spotted laurel – make sure you get the real thing. Aucubas are slow growing shrubs and ‘Crotonifolia’ will probably only ever reach about two metres, it’s also very tolerant of soil and aspect.
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