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Aucuba - Hosoba Hoshifu / Size 1
Hosoba Hoshifu Aucuba / Japanese Laurel

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Our Price: $8.95

Product Code: AUCHOS1

Aucuba japonica - 'Hosoba Hoshifu'

Overall Description

A rather showy evergreen shrub that also prefers shady locations protected from harsh winter winds and hot afternoon sun. Sporting long, narrow shiny green leaves speckled liberally with bright yellow spots, it is best know as a female Aucuba producing shiny red, long-lasting fruits often persisting throughout the winter months when planted near a male Aucuba ( mostly just yellow & green ). Does well in USDA Zones 7-9 in slightly acidic, well-drained soils. It also makes a great ornamental shrub for use as a focal point, or can also be planted in groups as a hedge. The slower growth habit of these Aucubas ( 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.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 5 - 8 ft

--Mature Width : 4 - 5 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 :
Evergreen broadleaf - Narrow spear-shaped evergreen leaves with bright yellow spots on a green base, Medium - thick, somewhat leathery texture.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Small red fruits lasting throughout the winter months

--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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