Common Name: Japanese aucuba, spotted laurel
Origin/Ecology: Native to Japan
Habit: Round, stiffly upright, dense, grows to 1.5-3 m.
Leaves: Glossy leaves reflect light. Simple, leathery, pinnate venation, glabrous, elliptic, ovate, dentate.
Leaf Arrangement: opposite
Flowers and Fruit: Brown or dark red flowers, May-June. Red drupes, January-May.
Water Use, Soil: Acidic, well-drained, humus rich.
Exposure: Excellent plant for shade. Tolerates part sun to filtered shade.
Landscape Uses: Shady areas, near restrooms, accent plant, mixed shrub border, screening, specimen, winter interest.
Other Features: Most common cultivar has yellow speckled leaves.