Genus: Aucuba Aucuba Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner (Aucuba) ah-KEW-bah Cornaceae The Aucuba genus is comprised of only a handful of species of evergreen shrubs originating from the Himalayas to East Asia. They are grown for their tolerance to tough conditions and full shade, and for their attractive leaves and large fruits. Aucuba make fine specimen plants, hedging, and screens. Noteworthy characteristics: Bold leaves, large fruits. Tolerant of shade, dry soil, and pollution. Can also be grown as houseplants. Care: Aucuba prefer shade where summers are very hot, but will grow in any soil (except waterlogged) in full sun or part to full shade. At the northern limit of hardiness, be sure to protect from winter sun and wind. If grown as a houseplant or outdoors in containers, water freely when in growth and fertilize monthly. Propagation: Sow seed in containers in autumn using a cold frame, or root semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Aucuba 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Japanese laurel Aucuba japonica 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Gold-dust plant Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' Problems: Wet root rot, Southern blight, and fungal leaf spots may occur. View the discussion thread.