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Aucuba japonica ‘Nana’

Green Dwarf Aucuba, Spotted Laurel

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Green Dwarf Aucuba is a compact shade-loving evergreen shrub with green leaves dusted with yellow.  Aucuba are dioecious with the berries growing in abundance on the female plants. The tiny maroon flowers bloom in early spring, while the bright red berries that ripen in fall and last until spring.  Prefers rich, moist and well-drained soils.  Deer resistant.

Type: 

Shrub

Height: 

2’ - 3’

Spread: 

2’ - 3’

Spacing: 

2’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

7 - 9

Culture: 

Part Sun, Full Shade

Bloom Color: 

Red

Season of Interest: 

Spring, Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.   Water weekly.  Keep young plants out of the direct sun, or leaves will develop black spots.  Root rot can be a problem in poorly-drained or overly moist soils. Southern blite, leaf spot, scale, mealybugs, and nematodes are occasional issues.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensWildlife GardensNaturalized Areas,  Coastal Exposure, Urban Gardens, Foundational Plantings, and Hedges.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Sweet Flag, Japanese Maple, Lenten Rose

IMAGE: Krzysztof GolikAucuba japonica in Jardin des plantes de Montpellier 03CC BY-SA 4.0


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