Japanese Aucuba foliage
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Height: 8 feet
Spread: 8 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6b
Other Names: Spotted Laurel
An interesting evergreen shrub that solves the problem of the most shaded garden areas; female plants produce berries; ideal as a dense screen; drought tolerant once established
Japanese Aucuba has attractive yellow-spotted dark green foliage. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Japanese Aucuba is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Japanese Aucuba is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Japanese Aucuba will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.