Aucuba japonica Thunb.

Japanese Aucuba, Japanese-laurel, Spotted-laurel




Family: Garryaceae

Genus: Aucuba

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 10 hardy to 0F

Size: 6 to 10' tall, 4 to 6' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Shade


Upright rounded dense shrub. Grown for its foliage. Prefers moist, well-drained soil but drought tolerant once established. Young leaves go black if exposed to sun. Male and female plants - need both to get fruit set. Berries are often hidden by the foliage.

Leaves are 3 to 8" long and up to 3" wide, opposite an lustrous. Stems are rounded and green.


Numerous - and often mixed up according to Dirr.

'Crotonifolia' - 4 to 6' tall and wide with bright yellow splashes on green leaves.

'Nana' - 2.5 to 4' tall and wide, erect with more visible fruit than others.


Native to China, Japan and Taiwan. First publlished in Nov. Gen. Pl. 3: 61 in 1783.

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