Aucuba Rozannie has shiny dark green leaves and small clusters of red-purple flowers in April and May. Large, bright red berries follow.
Aucuba Rozannie is tolerant of dry shade and urban pollution. The bisexual flowers will usually produce some berries without the need of a pollinator.
Height and Spread 1.5m (but responds well to trimming.) Sun or shade. (Even dry shade)
Aucuba Rozannie, also known as the Japanese Laurel or Gold Dust Plant, is a popular evergreen shrub that is native to Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. It is widely cultivated for its striking foliage and adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions, making it an ideal choice for both indoor and outdoor settings.
The Aucuba Rozannie is a slow-growing shrub that typically reaches a height of 6-10 feet and a spread of 4-6 feet at maturity. It has glossy, dark green leaves that are spotted with bright yellow, giving it a unique appearance. The plant also produces small, insignificant flowers that are followed by bright red berries in the fall, adding a splash of color to the landscape.
One of the reasons why the Aucuba Rozannie is so popular is its ability to thrive in a variety of growing conditions. It can tolerate full sun to partial shade, making it an ideal choice for both indoor and outdoor environments. It also prefers well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, but can adapt to a range of soil types.
Aucuba Rozannie can be used as a specimen plant, foundation plant, or planted in groups to create a hedge or screen. It is tolerant of urban pollution, making it a good choice for city gardens, and is also resistant to deer and rabbits.
One of the benefits of growing the Aucuba Rozannie is its low maintenance requirements. It is a relatively disease and pest-resistant plant that does not require regular pruning. However, it can benefit from occasional trimming to maintain its shape and size. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring before new growth appears.
Another benefit of growing the Aucuba Rozannie is its ability to provide year-round interest. The glossy foliage adds color and texture to the landscape, while the red berries add a splash of color in the fall and winter months. The plant is also often used in floral arrangements and can be a beautiful addition to indoor décor.
While the Aucuba Rozannie is a relatively easy plant to grow, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure its success. It is important to avoid overwatering the plant, as this can lead to root rot.
In terms of propagation, the Aucuba Rozannie can be propagated through stem cuttings taken in the spring or summer. The cuttings should be taken from new growth and should be 4-6 inches in length.