Aucuba japonica, Japanese Aucuba, Japanese Laurel

Aucuba japonica

Japanese Aucuba, Japanese Laurel
Family: Cornaceae
Origin: East Asia
USDA Zone: 6-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapPlant used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeShadeModerate waterRegular waterOrnamental foliageUnusual colorSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

This is a large evergreen shrub with a height ranging from 5-10 feet and is a native to East Asia. It can be used for creating bonsai and displays ornamental foliage that is usually a mix of yellow, green and white. This unusual colored foliage gives this plant its ornamental appeal. The plant requires regular water but is tolerant of drought or when the soil starts to dry out and requires moderate water overall. It is shade and semi-shade tolerant. It is also salt tolerant and even can survive in seaside locations.

When it comes to caring for this particular plant, it is important to note it is a relatively low maintenance plant. This plant grows best in USDA hardiness zone 6-10. When planting in a pot in cold regions, it is best to bring the pot indoors when freezing weather is expected. This is the best way to ensure protection from weather damage and the lower temperatures.

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