Petite Jade Aucuba

Aucuba japonica 'Petite Jade' (NA55288)

A fantastic Japanese laurel from the National Arboretum. Its compact rounded habit and exceptional blight resistance sets it apart from others. Shiny bright green foliage matures to deep green. Perfect in mass plantings or as a foundation plant. Works well in formal designs. Thrives in shade and tolerates some drought once established. Evergreen.
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Full shade

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationaw-KEW-ba juh-PON-ih-kuh
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 6 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide, in 20 years or more.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous summer flowers may produce small red berries in autumn.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Dry Shade
Light NeedsFull shade
Special FeatureEasy Care, Gift Plant, Improved Disease Resistance, Shade Loving, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsYew (Taxus); Azalea (Azalea); Peony (Paeonia); Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia); Sarcococca (Sarcococca)

Thrives in organically rich, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drier conditions in cooler summer climates. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10

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