Aucuba japonica (Japanese Laurel) is an evergreen, undemanding shrub. Potted Japanese laurel plants generally need no pruning; however, you can provide a light pruning to tidy up the plant and remove damaged or unsightly growth before new growth appears in late winter or early spring. If your main concern is to have the Laurel as an evergreen screen or ground cover, then pruning can take place at any time up until late summer. Later pruning is possible, but the late new growth as a result of late pruning can be subject to winter damage - often as unsightly blackened foliage. It copes well with shady growing conditions. Best time to heavy pruning Aucuba jap Aucuba japonica Japanese laurel Position: full sun to full shade Soil: any garden soil, except water-logged Flowering period: April to May Height: Aucuba (Aucuba japonica) is also commonly known as Japanese aucuba, gold-dust plant, gold spot aucuba or Japanese laurel. Repot container grown aucuba shrubs as needed to allow for plant growth – …