- Common Name(s):
- Aucuba, Japanese aucuba, spotted laurel
- 'Nana' , 'Variegata'
- Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Drought tolerant; young leaves exposed to sun will blacken; easy to transplant; remains dense even in heavy shade; male and female plants. It is grown as a houseplant in temperate climates. They require cool rooom temperatures of 50-65 degrees F.
This plant is moderately salt tolerant and is frequently damaged by deer.
Play Value: Wind Screen & Buffers; Wildlife Enhancement
- Evergreen shrub with green stems; leaves opposite, simple, glossy, green or mottled with yellow; flowers axillary, small, 4-parted, sepals and petals, purple-maroon with white anthers; fruit a scarlet or rarely yellow berry. Dwarf cultivar 'Nana' is compact, 3' x 3', slow grower; foliage green with dusting of yellow.
- 6-10 ft.
- Opposite, simple, lustrous, leathery leaves toothed toward the tips; 3-8 in. long; rounded green stems
- Grown for foliage rather than flowers; purple male flowers; 0.5-in. scarlet fruit, matures in fall and persists till spring; often hidden by foliage
- Partial shade; prefers well-drained, moist soil with high organic matter; needs winter shade
- Dense, upright, rounded shrub; thicket of erect to arching shoots with limited branching
- Poison Part:
- Fruit, leaves
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Nausea, vomiting, possible fever
- Toxic Principle:
- Aucubin, a glycoside
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated woody shrub
- 4-6 ft.
NCCES plant id: 980