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Aucuba chinensis

Aucuba chinensis

Acuba chinensis subsp. Omeiensis - Chengdu Botanical Garden - Chengdu, China - DSC03214 by Daderot (CC0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Aucuba chinensis Overview

Aucuba chinensis is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the Garryaceae family. Originating from southern China, Taiwan, Burma and northern Vietnam, this plant is dioecious and thus produces separate male and female flowers on individual plants. Foliage is oppositely arranged, oval-shaped, toothed along the edges, glossy and coloured a dark green on the upper surface and a lighter green on the lower side. Small, non-showy purple flowers are produced, followed by bright red ornamental berries in female specimens. Makes a good hedging or screening plant for its thick foliage and may also be grown as a free-standing shrub for its ornamental value. Grows well in most soils, with the exception of waterlogged soils, allow to dry out between waterings to reduce the chance of root rot developing.

Common problems with Aucuba chinensis

Generally pest free.

How to propagate Aucuba chinensis


Semi-ripe cuttings.

Special features of Aucuba chinensis

Ground cover

Hedge plant

Attractive leaves


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