How to grow Aucuba japonica

Aucuba japonica grow and care – shrub‎ of the genus Aucuba also known as Spotted laurel, Aucuba japonica perennial evergreen used as ornamental hedge plant, can grow in temperate, mediterranean or subtropics climate or as house plant and growing in hardiness zone 6-10.

Leaves color green but can be variegate in green with white or yellow spots in elliptic shape with pointed tops.

Aucuba japonica flowers

Flower color red-purple with green stamen, the plant is dioecious female and male flowers grow on separate plants, flowers grow on stems in clusters.

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How to grow Aucuba japonica growing and care:

Slightly acid soil, rich soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but if want to get variegate variety it’s ensure

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:

Pests and diseases:
Spider mites, aphids

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Just for design

Size of the plant?
1.5-3 m, 60-120 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Dioecious flowers female and male flowers grow on separate plants, flowers grow on stems in clusters, flowers color red-purple with green stamen

Scientific name:

Aucuba japonica

How to grow Aucuba japonica

Aucuba japonica care

Aucuba japonica growing

Aucuba japonica plant

Aucuba japonica


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
Flower colors
  • Purple flower
  • Red flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Leaf color
  • White leaves
  • Yellow leaf
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Hedging plants
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9