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Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba

Aucuba japonica 'Serratifolia'

Broad-leaved evergreen shrub valued for its long dark green leaves with sharply serrated edges. Produces showy red berries in fall when a male pollenizer such as 'Mr. Goldstrike' is planted nearby. Bold upright stems. An excellent accent for shady situations.
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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, 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.
Companion PlantsSarcococca (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

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