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Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba

Aucuba japonica 'Serratifolia'

Height:  7 feet

Spread:  7 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade

Hardiness Zone:  5b


An attractive evergreen shrub that is right at home in the shadiest garden area; it has a distinctively longer leaf with a coarse tooth like edge; ideal as a dense screen or informal hedge; drought tolerant once established; protect from cold winter winds

Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba (Aucuba japonica 'Serratifolia') at Hicks Nurseries

Ornamental Features

Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from mid fall to late winter. It has attractive dark green foliage. The large serrated pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba (Aucuba japonica 'Serratifolia') at Hicks Nurseries

Landscape Attributes

Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.