Aucuba japonica 'Rozannie'

Japanese laurel (Female)

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Buy Aucuba japonica 'Rozannie' Japanese laurel (Female): Perfect for a small, shady spot

  • Position: full sun to full shade
  • Soil: any garden soil (except waterlogged soils)
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Lustrous, dark green leaves and small clusters of red-purple flowers in April and May, are often followed by large, bright red berries. This compact Japanese laurel is perfect for a small shady site, and is tolerant of dry shade and urban pollution. It has bisexual flowers, so will usually produce some berries without the need of a pollination partner, but if you want an even bigger crop, try planting it alongside a 'male' variety.

  • Garden care: To promote bushy growth prune straggly branches in spring. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant after pruning.

  • Humans/Pets: Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten

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Notes on Aucuba japonica 'Rozannie'

"This laurel-like plant grows quickly and forms an excellent hedge or topiary mound and it’s long-lived even when pruned back constantly"

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Perfect plant for the spot!


OK - I often joke that plants haven't read the same gardening books and magazines that I have. I'd swear that this laurel has though - although it looked quite small (but healthy!) when it arrived, it literally seemed to put its roots in and get going! It's only a few months later, and it's already a good size, and will fill the role intended for it - that of filling a gap in a hedge, in a shady spot, and having berries to attract the birds. Win, win all round, as far as I can see.

Little Gardener



brilliant plant


Planted in pot in very shady position and rewarded with masses of berries, and lots of new buds this spring




Happy in woodland edge


Healthy steady growing




Extremely happy with plants


I have been researching for a long time for plants that could survive flanking my front door. It is facing north and I live in Scotland, and I needed hardy plants. Nothing else survived in that spot. I found the website and explanations about Aucuba japonica in the comments below it - the information given by your helpful staff and I thought - this plant might just be what I want. So I ordered two and they arrived within a couple of days in a tall box, well packet and I was very impressed. Some time has passed and I am happy to report that both plants are thriving and have even produced their first berries around Christmas - New Year's time. Keeping fingers crossed that they beautify my front door area for a long time. Many thanks to everyone at Crocus.





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You suggest,planting a male laurel to ensure red berries, what plant do you recommend?


Hello, 'Rozannie' has bisexual flowers so will produce berries without a nearby male, however if you want even more berries, then you should pair it will a male. Unfortunately we do not sell any, however if you do want one, then you can look for either 'Crassifolia' or 'Lance Leaf'.


Plants for an difficult area HELP, please...... I have moved into one of those places where the front garden is just paving blocks (I do need to use it as I have no garage). I have managed to put in a curved triangular bed which is about 5 foot either side - I could increase this by another foot if it helps. The site is extremely windy, catches the frosts and only gets the sun in the late afternoon. Also rain runs down into this area. I am looking for ideas on what to plant......should I go for several small plants, or one specimen plant? Nothing can get taller than around 3 - 4 foot. I also plan to put some spring bulbs in, but I don't want to give myself too much work as I am a pensioner and on my own, and already have a reasonable sized back garden to cope with. Is this impossible or can you help me? Many thanks Sue

Susan Chipchase

Hello Sue, This does sound like a pretty inhospitable situation, so you will need some tough plants - here are your best options. Cotoneaster horiontalis Cotoneaster dammeri Sarcococca confusa Viburnum davidii Aucuba (which can be cut back hard when necessary) Skimmia I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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Suggestions for planting low maintenance border please Hello, I recently had my garden extended by a piece of land measuring 34 metres by 14 metres, and my son purchased 23 Phormiums from you in last August on my behalf. I was delighted with the service I received, and the plants appear to be thriving well especially considering the dreadful weather we have suffered this winter. We also bought Rootgrow from you to assist with their development ,and also for use when we moved mature Acers and other shrubs. I still need more shrubs or other types of plants and would appreciate some advice as to what to use. Along one of the 14 metre lengths there is a "hedge" of bamboo plants, and adjacent to these on the return (long) length there is a small rise of earth, tapering down to ground level, with a specimen black bamboo at the end of the mound. There is also a mature acer, which we had to move, situated at the edge of the dividing path (between the lawn) on the field side of the garden. Would it be possible for you to suggest the names of suitable plants which I could purchase from you and which would compliment the existing ones. I am in my eighties and therefore need a very low maintenance garden. I would also like to introduce a little colour if possible. My garden is very exposed and is on quite a windy site. I look forward to your reply.

Marian Burgess

Hello there, There are many plants that might tempt you - here are some of my favourites:- Fatsia japonica Rodgersia Heuchera Hydrangea paniculata Aucuba japonica Rosa rugosa Alba Cotoneaster Buddleja I hope this helps, Helen Plant Doctor

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Clay loving evergreen plant for covering a wall Sir, I need to hide an ugly brick wall. I would prefer to have all year cover, meaning evergreen, and not over 6` or so tall, and able to thrive in my clay rich soil. I thought of a blue lilac but am not sure if the roots could cope. A variety of plants might look nice and would breakup the monotony of the wall, but your advice would be much appreciated. Sincerely, Dorothy.


Hello Dorothy, There are several plants you could consider, including the Ceanothus if your soil is not too heavy. Alternatively any of the following would work well Aucuba Elaeagnus x ebbingei Garrya Pyracantha I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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Hedging for back garden Hello, I am trying to decide on hedging for my back garden but am finding it difficult to select the right plant. We live in an urban area and are overlooked at the back so are looking for some privacy. The garden is south facing with clay soil. We have a puppy who is going through the eating anything stage, so we would be looking for something which is not harmful if eaten, and preferably evergreen. If you have any information it would be appreciated. Also, how close to the house can they be planted, and how far apart. I considered buying the Japanese Laurel but then noticed it is harmful if eaten. Thanks for any help you can give Sam

Samantha Walsh

Hello Sam, I have had a quick look on the internet and the Aucubas are not listed as being toxic to dogs, however perhaps you should check with your vet as they should have a list. These make a great evergreen hedge, and they can be planted very close to a wall (say 1m), and they should be planted at 45cm intervals. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Low maintenance exterior plants for office lightwell Hello Plant Doctor, Please advise on which evergreen plants would be suitable for a shady lightwell in my new office. Many Thanks, Colin


Hello Colin, If you click on the following link it will take you to a selection of evergreen shrubs that can tolerate low light levels. I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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Aucuba japonica -male and female forms? Hi I was wondering if you could help me.....I want to puchase a couple of the Aucuba japinica shrubs - a male and a female - as I want to ensure a good supply of flowers and berries to help make my garden more wildlife friendly. But I'm confused!? You advertise Aucuba japonica 'Crotonofolia', the variegated type, as bearing red flowers in the spring, but there is no mention of berries, do I assume this is a male? Do you sell the female? You also have Aucuba japonica (dark green) which says that this is a female and has berries. Again, do you sell both the male and the female in this variety? How close together do you need to plant them to ensure berries? Thanks Vanessa

Vanessa Booth

Hello Vanessa, The Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' is a female, so will develop berries if it has a male nearby. Unfortunately though we do not have 'sexed' Aucuba japonicas so it can be hit and miss as to what you might receive. If you want to be precise, you should be able to source them on the RHS Plant Finder. As for the planting distance there are no hard and fast rules, but I would have thought you would get quite good cross pollination if you had them within 5 - 7 m of each other. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Shrub orsmall bush for a dark lightwell? Hello We have recently dug out a basement which now leaves us with two lightwells - a big one at the front of the house in which two tree ferns are flourishing and another smaller, darker lightwell at the back of the basement in which a black bamboo is in the slow process of dying. Any ideas for this one? The area is about four foot square and about 10 feet below ground level. It and gets no direct sunshine. Many thanks, Jackie

Jackie Offenbach

Hello Jackie, A reasonable amount of light is one of the basic requirements for a happy and healthy plant, so it sounds as if you may have a struggle on your hands. The following shrubs are some of the best for growing in low light levels, so perhaps one of these might survive. Aucuba Skimmia Sarcococca

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What plants for a neglected patch? Hello, We are trying to improve a rather nasty mud patch in our garden. It is in the shade and the soil is very, very dry - we have had to use a pick axe to turn it over. My question is what types of plants would be suitable for this terrain? Kind Regards, Mark

Mark Siddle

Hello Mark, All plants will need a degree of comfort, so the best thing to do would be to improve the soil by digging in as much organic matter as you can. Once you have done this you can plant tough, low maintenance things like Ajuga, Alchemilla mollia, Aucuba japonica, Berberis, Bergenia, Euonymus fortunei, Lamium, Sarcococca, Skimmia, Viburnum davidii or Vincas. It will be very important though that these are kept really well watered for at least the first year until they have had a chance to become established. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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What is suitable for a cold, north-facing spot? We would like 2 evergreen plants to stand either side of our front door. The trouble is it is north facing and gets no sun at all and sometimes is subject to a cold north wind. Do you think a miniature bay tree would be any good? We would greatly appreciate your advice.


I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend bay trees as they don't particularly like cold, windy spots - the leaves get scorched and turn brown. You could however try the following plants as these can cope with shadier spots and are tough enough to stand up to cold winds. Aucuba Skimmia Sarcococca Taxus



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