Then there is the completely unrelated Spotted Laurel, Aucuba japonica, a member of the Cornaceae Family. Its flowers are rarely noticed, being small, dull and often hidden by the foliage. The leaves are naturally dark green but the variety with yellow spots is the most commonly grown and it was this which caught my attention yesterday. It hails from Japan but, despite being tough, it rarely becomes naturalised in Britain.
|Spotted Laurel in fruit, Northampton, 9 February, 2013|
|Cherry Laurel, Northampton, 9 February, 2013|
Then there is the Spurge Laurel, about which I wrote on 18 December. This belongs to the Thymeleaceae Family and is therefore unrelated to any of the other "laurels" mentioned in this blog! Around the world dozens of plants are known as laurels, generally because they bear similarly-shaped leaves. Small wonder that confusion can arise and, for anyone irritated by Latin names, laurels make their value clear.