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Dwarf Green Aucuba - Japanese Laurel
Dwarf Green Aucuba is a shade-loving evergreen shrub that features very dark green, sword shaped leaves that contrast nicely with almost any plant nearby. This foliage provides a nice tropical effect in the shady areas of the landscape. Scroll down for more details!

Dwarf Green Aucuba - Japanese Laurel

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Dwarf Green Aucuba
Aucuba japonica 'Nana'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b   Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Aucuba variety is not winter hardy outdoors, you can enjoy it as a year-round houseplant or in containers that can be moved indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Dwarf Green Aucuba is a shade-loving, tropical-looking, hardy evergreen shrub that features very dark green, sword shaped leaves that contrast nicely with almost any plant nearby. This foliage provides a nice tropical effect in the shady areas of the landscape or gardens and is a wonderful evergreen accent in perennial shade gardens combined with hosta lilies, perennial ferns, heucheras, and other shade-loving plants. 



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a dense mound 3 to 4 feet tall and wide, and thriving in dense shade to part shade, Dwarf Green Aucuba is ideal for use as an accent, in groupings, or as a natural hedge in home foundation plantings, under the canopies of large shade trees, and in other shady areas. A fine addition to the tropical look garden, perennial shade gardens, rock gardens, and Xeriscape gardens (low water needs). You can grow this flashy beauty year-round indoors as a houseplant!

Spacing:  3-4' for solid hedges;  8' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Aucuba are very easy to grow and care for. They thrive in most any well-drained soil and full shade to part shade. Morning sun is okay but avoid the direct afternoon sun, which can scald the leaves. As with so many other ornamental shrub, Aucuba does not like constantly soggy or wet soils. 





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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Spacing: 2-3' for solid hedges; 6'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding, Upright
Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate
Flower Color:  NA
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Very Deep Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs:  Shade or Mostly Shade, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade
Water Needs:  Low Once Established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Lightly Moist, Well Drained Dry
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Heavy Shade, Insect



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