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Cocculus laurifolius (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)
Cocculus laurifolius (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)

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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. 

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