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Aucuba - Golden King / Size 1
Golden King Aucuba / Japanese Laurel

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Product Code: AUCGKG1

Aucuba japonica 'Golden King'

Overall Description

A nice broad-leaf evergreen shrub that prefers shady locations. Does well in USDA Zones 7-9 in slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Bright golden yellow variegation with shiny wax-like speckled markings makes it a great ornamental shrub for use as a focal point, or can also be planted in groups as a hedge. Often used under the canopy of larger trees. The slower growth habit of this Aucuba (sometimes referred to as Japanese Laurel) makes pruning usually unnecessary, but can be trimmed to help maintain a thicker, more compact shape. Plants can usually be transplanted easily if necessary.

Golden King is a male clone, and is an excellent pollinator for just about any female Aucuba variety for production of bright red berries.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 6 - 8 ft

--Mature Width : 4 - 6 ft

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 6" - 10" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
7 - 9

--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial shade

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly acidic - well drained

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Broad leaf evergreen - bright yellow speckled waxy variegation with green base, Medium - lustrous texture.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Small male purple flowers and scarlet one-seeded berry-like drupes mature in October and November.

--Diseases / Insects:
No serious problems noted.

--Recommended Spacing :
3 ft apart recommended for hedge planting

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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