Provided for consumer information—Monrovia is not currently growing this plant.

  • Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly forms a compact, rounded shrub 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Compact Habit
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:aw-KEW-ba ja-PON-i-ka
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly forms a compact, rounded shrub 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasAucuba has always been the quintessential foundation shrubs for shady foundation beds, sideyards between buildings and sheltered fence lines. Thrives under tree canopies in the dry shade. A traditional shrub of Asian gardens. Makes an elegant glossy background for formal and semiformal landscaping. Particularly nice in conjunction with white lattice.
    Companion PlantsUse aucuba as a lush background for bold bloomers such as Paul M. Wild Peony, (Paeonia x 'Paul M. Wild') and King of Hearts Bleeding Heart, (Dicentra x 'King of Hearts'). Shares similar soil and light preferences with Nuccio's Gem Camellia, (Camellia japonica 'Nuccio's Gem') and Nuccio's Wild Cherry Azalea, (Azalea satsuki 'Nuccio's Wild Cherry').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Aucuba falls in the dogwood family. The genus was classified by Thunberg with many other plants from Japan. He named it for the local Japanese name despite the fact that in the west it became known as Japanese laurel. There are but six species native to the Himalayas across temperate China and of course Taiwan and Japan. This is the only widely cultivated species, first introduced via a speckled form collected from a Chinese garden.
    Aucuba is a diecious plant, with male and female individuals.