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Aucuba japonica /Aucuba

Aucuba japonica  / Aucuba japonica
Red berries on female plant in winter
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Red berries on female plant in winter

Cluster of green berries in summer on female plant

Close-up of red berries in winter

Heavy fruiting specimen in winter

Young plant

Winter berries on female plant

Nice crop of late fall and winter berries

A mature plant with berries in winter

A close-up view of the berries on a specimen plant at the Biedenharn Gardens in Monroe, LA

Ocassionally fruit set on this variety can be very heavt

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Scientific Name: Aucuba japonica
Common Name: Aucuba
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Shrubs, Fruiting
Comments: Only female plants produce fruit. It is a surprise to many that aucuba is closely related to dogwood. Their fruit looks much alike. It is an excellent evergreen for shady areas. Will not tolerate wet soils. Scale insecs and anthracnose fungus may be problems. Cuttings root relatively easy when placed in water and the container placed in a sunny window. Makes an excellent, long lasting cut foliage for floral arrangements.