Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba
Aucuba japonica 'Serratifolia'
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||aw-KEW-ba juh-PON-ih-kuh sair-rat-ih-FOH-lee-uh|
|Average Size at Maturity||Slowly reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Inconspicuous; prized for foliage and ornamental berries.|
|Design Ideas||With 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.|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Contemporary|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure|
|Light Needs||Full shade|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Tolerates Poor Soils|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Sarcococca (Sarcococca); Peony (Paeonia); Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Azalea (Azalea)|
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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10