Pic of the Day – Aucuba japonica ‘Hosoba Hoshifu’

Aucuba are great for dry shade.

Aucuba are great for dry shade.

The JC Raulston Arboretum holds a significant collection of Aucuba, over 70 taxa at this point and growing steadily.  This form, ‘Hosoba Hoshifu’ is quickly becoming a favorite.  Long, narrow leaves are heavily serrated and covered in bright gold spots.  The lanceolate foliage gives a distinctive look to this speckled aucuba.  Spikes of small maroon flowers give rise to large, bright red fruits if there are male forms around to pollinate it.  ‘Hosoba Hoshifu’ is a slightly more compact form but will slowly grow to near 6′ over time.  Aucuba are great plants for growing in dry shade where they will tolerate the difficult conditions well once established and the variegation will brighten the gloom.

The narrow foliage is distinct on this selection.

The narrow foliage is distinct on this selection.

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