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Aucuba japonica - Japanese Aucuba


USDA Zones 6-10

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Thrives in light to deep shade

Tolerant of any soil, but will look grow and look better if poor or heavy soils are improved

Moderate to regular watering

Evergreen shrub that grows slowly to about 8-10 ft (2-3 m) tall, and thrives in low light areas

Bright red 3/4 inch (2 cm) berries in fall and winter. Both male and female must be planted to ensure fruit


Comes in variegated and green-leafed varieties. Aucuba is easy to grow. Plant it in shady, low light areas. It's also good in pots, and tolerates shade, air pollution, dry soils, and salt spray. Use it in entry areas, in foundation plantings, and under big trees. They are also well suited as house plants. The shiny, bright green foliage, variegated with bright yellow, seems to light up shady corners of the yard. The brilliant red berries on female plants are also attractive.


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