• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 6 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide, in 20 years or more.
    Key Feature:
    Compact, Shade Loving Shrub
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous summer flowers may produce small red berries in autumn.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:aw-KEW-ba ja-PON-i-ka
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 6 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide, in 20 years or more.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous summer flowers may produce small red berries in autumn.
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Companion PlantsYew (Taxus); Azalea (Azalea); Peony (Paeonia); Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia); Sarcococca (Sarcococca)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    'Petite Jade' Japanese laurel originated from cuttings collected from Chollipo Botanical Garden, South Korea, in 1984. The plant was grown for many years in the U.S. National Arboretum's Introduction Garden and was sent to nurseries for evaluation in 2002.