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Aucuba japonica

(Japanese Aucuba)

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$19.99
Hardiness Zones:
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Quick Overview:

Aucuba japonica is a rounded, shade-loving, evergreen shrub in the Garryaceae family, a small family that includes just two genera Garrya and Aucuba. It typically grows to 6-10' (infrequently to 15') tall, unless pruned shorter. Native to moist woodland areas, thickets, valleys and along streams from Japan and China to the Himalayas. Coreaceous (leathery), glossy, elliptic to narrow-ovate, medium to rich green leaves (each to 8” long) have coarse marginal teeth on the upper half of each leaf. Tiny purple-maroon flowers with creamy white anthers bloom in early spring (March-April). Each flower has four sepals and four petals. Plants in this genus are dioecious (male and female flowers on separate plants). Male flowers appear in upright terminal panicles (cymes to 4 1/2” long). Female flowers appear in shorter clusters from the leaf axils. Pollinated female flowers are followed by ellipsoid, one-seeded, berry-like drupes (to 1/2”) which ripen to red in fall. Fruits often persist on the plant until spring.

Details

Plants need significant amounts of shade in hot summer climates (young leaves will often burn in full sun). Established plants have very good drought tolerance. Plants tolerate average to nutritionally poor soils. Plants also tolerate most city air pollutants. Avoid overly moist to wet soils. Site in locations protected from strong winds, particularly near the northern edge of the growing range. Plants will generally tolerate temperatures to -5 degrees F., which means they may survive in some Zone 6 plantings particularly in sheltered locations.

Additional Information

Common Name Japanese Aucuba
Botanical Name Aucuba japonica
Container/Amount 3 gallon
Plant Category Shrub
Evergreen or Deciduous Evergreen
Hardiness Zone 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Height 6 to 10 ft.
Width 6 to 10 ft.
Growth Rate Average
Light Requirements Part-shade, Shade
Soil Condition Well-drained
Water Needs Low
Blooming Period March-April
Flower Color No
Fragrance No
Foliage Color green
Berry Color red
Deer Resistant No

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