Lush and tropical in appearance but remarkably tolerant of cold winters, Aucuba is a sturdy shade-loving evergreen shrub with bold lustrous foliage that looks dapper all year. In winter fat red berries on female plants punctuate the dark recesses of the leaves. In our area Aucubas form slow-growing, mounded plants 4-6 feet high with lesser spread, but in the South they can be expected to grow twice as large. Aucubas thrive in shade and tolerate even the most sunless areas such as under a dense shrub or in the shadow of a building. They perform best planted in well-drained soil that is moderately fertile and moist. Aucubas can also be grown indoors on a cool porch. Z. 6b-9
Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia'
One of the brightest of all Aucubas, the large leaves of A. 'Crotonifolia' are heavily speckled with gold, with almost no green visible on the leaves. A male selection. Z. 6b-9
Aucuba japonica 'Fructu-albo' - Japanese Aucuba
Large ivory berries are striking against the medium green leaves which have occasional pale green and gold blotches. A female selection. We can offer this unusual and slow-growing selection only occasionally. Z. 6b-9
Compact, bushy plants.
Aucuba japonica 'Fujikawa
The bamboo-like appearance is the finest textured of all Aucubas. It is a heavy fruiter, too.
Aucuba japonica 'Golden King' - Japanese Aucuba
A male selection whose variegated pale yellow foliage is a riot of speckles, spots, flecks, and blotches.
Aucuba japonica 'Hosoba Hoshi Fu' - Japanese Aucuba
Long, narrow, lance-shaped leaves that are dark green flecked with yellow splotches will shed some light on your shade garden. Grows compactly to 4 feet.
Bushy plants, 8-12 in. tall.
Aucuba japonica 'Marmorata' - Japanese Aucuba
A female selection, 'Marmorata' translates to "marbled" in English. Accordingly, its large leaves are heavily splashed with yellow flecks.
Filled-out plants, grown in full-gallon pots.
Aucuba japonica 'Night and Day'
Brought from Japan by Barry Yinger, this new and distinctive male Aucuba has black-green leaves and highly variable bright yellow variegation. The markings can be splashed, marginal, or central on different parts of the plant. Barry stated that this is one of the most exciting new variegated Aucuba selections in years.
Aucuba japonica 'Picturata' - Japanese Aucuba
The unusually broad leaves of this cultivar sport an irregular yellow band that runs through the center of each leaf and yellow-gold freckles that sprout here and there on the leaf margins. A dazzling sight!
Aucuba japonica 'Pink Champagne' - Japanese Aucuba
Big thick, black-green leaves are deeply cut and make a lush appearance year round. The unusual ivory-pink fruits inspired the name.
Big Specimen Plants, grown in 1.5-gallon pots.
Aucuba japonica 'Rozannie' - Japanese Aucuba
An unusual self-pollinating selection with red fruits and broad dark green leaves on a compact shrub.
Aucuba japonica 'Sulphur' - Japanese Aucuba
One of the most brilliant of the variegated Aucubas, 'Sulphur' has dark green leaves broadly edged in acid-yellow. The lipstick-red berries of this female cultivar add a holiday touch to the colorful foliage display. Plant in deep shade to avoid leaf scorch.