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Aucuba japonica 'Salicifolia'

Japanese Aucuba

Plant Type:


Aucuba japonica ‘Salicifolia’ – Serrated dark green leaves on this long-leafed but somewhat narrow form. In youth I cannot distinguish ‘Salicifolia’ with ‘Lancifolia’... but perhaps I need to look closer, little grasshopper. This is a female form. 'Salicifolia' may grow larger down south. Spring planting would be wise unless to be pot grown in a conservatory.


4-6 ft


4-6 ft

Characteristics and Attributes for Aucuba japonica 'Salicifolia'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade
  • Dappled Shade


  • Massing
  • Potted Plant
  • Shrub Border
  • Border
  • Specimen
  • Woodland
  • Hedge
  • Foliage
  • Greenhouse / Alpine House
  • Hedgerow
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Evergreen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Fertile
  • Organic
  • Draining


  • Japan

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Aucuba

The Japanese Aucuba now comes in many different forms. They are very useful broadleaf evergreens where they can be grown making beautiful hedges, components in foundation gardens or in mixed company. They prefer siting in dappled to fully open shade but can tolerate some morning sun. Winter shade is a basic need for healthier looking foliage; winter sun can wash out foliage making the leaves look sickly. All Aucubas prefer fertile draining soil with added organic matter. They can tolerate some drought once established. All of the following cultivars are cutting grown.