Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Cocculus laurifolius (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)
Cocculus laurifolius (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)

Click to Enlarge

Zones 8, 9, 12-28
Full SunPartial SunNo Sun
Full, Partial, Shade
Regular Water

Cocculus laurifolius

Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

Himalayan native useful as a screen or background plant. Grows slowly at first, then moderately fast to 25 ft. or more. Usually a multistemmed shrub with arching, spreading growth as wide as it is high, though it can be kept smaller with pruning. Staked and trained as a tree, it takes on an umbrella shape. Shiny, leathery, oblong leaves to 6 in. long have three strongly marked veins running from the base to the tip. This glossy-leafed beauty is one of the few large shrubs that will thrive in full shade. Try pruning it into a screen in a narrow side yard.

Long, willowy branches are as easy to train as vines; fastened to a trellis, they make an effective screen. They can also be espaliered. 

You Might Also Like...

Freesia hybrid

These hybrids (Dutch and Tecolote hybrids rep­resent the majority of those sold) have larger, sing...

Solanum crispum

Evergreen vine, native to Chile and Peru. Modest (even shrubby) climber to 12 ft., with ovate to lance...


South African native perennials prized for the rich perfume of their flowers. In spring, wiry, 1&ndash...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More