Aucuba japonica ‘Rozannie’

Rozannie Japanese aucuba

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Bright red fruit forms on this compact Japanese aucuba selection even without a pollinizer. The glossy, dark green leaves has a few coarse-like teeth near the tip giving it a slight holly-like appearance, but definitely not as sharp. Of course, one of the Japanese aucubas great attributes is that it will grow well in shade, even deep shade and need little water - a great competitor with the conifers of the Pacific Northwest!

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 10

Sun/Light Exposure: dappled to deep shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established, but appreciates occasional water during very long dry spells

Seasonal Interest: year-round glossy, dark green foliage with bright red fruit in fall

Culture Notes
Japanese aucuba prefers well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy soils or clay. Plant in dappled to deep shade as too much sun will cause the leaves to yellow and burn. Aucuba is quite drought tolerant once established, although occasional summer watering will keep it looking its best during prolonged dry weather.