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Sunny Daze® Japanese Laurel

Aucuba japonica 'MonHinsuru'

A true collector's gem suited for the shadiest of gardens, this handsome shrub's lustrous, colorfully variegated foliage will brighten dim spaces. Perfect for foundation plantings, woodland gardens or low hedging. A fantastic container accent for covered patios or well-lit indoor spaces. Brought to Monrovia by Dan Hinkley. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial 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 4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Tropical
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest
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 a wide variety of well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in 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. Hardy to Zone 7b.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10

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