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Aucuba japonica | Aucuba

STRENGTHS
Evergreen that adds light to dark and shady spaces. Glossy, speckled leaves that emulate dappled light. Looks nice in lush borders. Used extensively in the South. Great for privacy hedge. Great in shade.

CARE
Carefree plant. Keep pruned at 5’ – 8’ to avoid leggyness. Prune leaves that aren’t speckled.
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NOTES
Site in shade and for winter protection. Tolerates pollution extremely well. Works well in zone 7. Young leaves can blacken from too much sun exposure. Dioecious – needs male nearby for females to berry. Very difficult to get that info at a nursery because the males don’t berry. Must request combo.
RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
‘Gold Dust’ not my favorite
‘Rozzannie’ perfect flowers, large bright berries in absence of male, slow hard to find

ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 7 – 10 | full sun to full shade
GROWTH RATE ….. slow, but faster with water and fertilizer
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 6’ to 10’

PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Densley upright, rounded, tidy
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 3″ to 8″/ 1.5″-2″wide, acute, some forms have narrow leaves, some are uniformly green, some have more serration
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, opposite
LEAF COLOR ….. Evergreen | lustrous deep dark bluish green, many speckled and variegated
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FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | delicate March-April, male has occasional petals
BERRIES | beautiful bright red, centimeter, oval
NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL prefers moist well drained, known to grow under beeches, lindens and chestnuts where grass will not grow, tolerates polluted sites extremely well.
Native to Japan

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