Aucuba japonica 'Serratifolia'

Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba

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Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba is an upright pure green cultivar of a shade-loving evergreen shrub with glossy mild olive green serrated leaves  The branches will reach the ground if grown in full shade.  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: 

4' - 7'

Spread: 

4’ - 7’

Spacing: 

5’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

6 - 10

Culture: 

Partial SunFull Shade

Bloom Color: 

Red

Season of Interest: 

SpringYear-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.   Water weekly.  Keep young plants out of the direct sun, or leaves will develop black spots.  Takes well to pruning. 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: HostaSolomon's SealChampion’s Wood Fern

 Image: Sten Porse, Aucuba-japonica-leavesCC BY-SA 3.0

 

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