Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba

Aucuba japonica 'Serratifolia'

Broad-leaved evergreen shrub valued for the long dark green leaves with sharply serrated edges. Showy red berries in fall. Bold upright stems. An excellent accent for shady situations. Slow growing to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide. Cutting grown.
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6 - 10

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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 sair-rat-ih-FOH-lee-uh
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage and ornamental berries.
Design IdeasWith its unique, jagged-edge foliage and fall display of red berries, this shrub is an excellent shade-loving accent plant. Consider planting two or three along a foundation wall that is regularly in shadow. Both sexes must be planted to ensure fruit crop.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Houseplant, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull shade
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureGift Plant, Shade Loving, Tolerates Poor Soils
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Key FeatureShade Loving Accent Plant

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 dry conditions in cooler summer climates. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

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