Aucuba japonica Cornaceae
Japanese Aucuba, Japanese Laurel aw-KU-ba ja-PON-ik-a
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 6-10 ft (2-3 m) high, densely upright-rounded to rounded, forming a thicket of arching branches, tidy and neat in appearance. Leaves opposite, simple, leathery, 8-20 cm long, 4-8 cm wide, apex acute to acuminate, base broad wedge-shaped, margin entire to coarely dentate toward the apex, lustrous dark green above and lighter below, petiole 1.3-5 cm long. Dioecious - male and female plant. Flowers purple, male in upright terminal clusters, female flowers axillary. Fruit red, 2 cm long. Both male and female plants required for fruit production.
- Shade. Prefers well-drained, moist, high organic matter soils. Makes a choice container plant.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (6)7 Native from the Himalayas to southern Japan.
- Several selections, the most common ones are variegated. Some of the non-variegated cultivars include:
- Salicifolia (Longifolia) - narrow willowlike, serrated leaves; female.
- Nana - compact form, to about 3 ft, relativley erect, abundant fruit on female plants.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: behind Owen Hall, east end.