Aucuba Japonica ‘Hosoba Hoshifu’

Aucuba Japonica 'Hosoba Hoshifu' courtesy of JC Raulston Arboretum

Aucuba Japonica ‘Hosoba Hoshifu’ courtesy of JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

If you are looking for an easy going plant to brighten a shady area, the ‘Hosoba Hoshifu’ is the answer.  This evergreen shrub is dark green with a brilliant yellow variegation – more vivid than any other form of variegated Aucuba!  Also known as Japanese Aucuba, the long and slender leaves are serrated, adding texture as well as color to the garden.  Unlike other Aucubas, such as the similar looking ‘Gold Dust’, the ‘Hosoba Hoshifu’ is dwarf in size, reaching just 3-4′ tall and wide, fitting easily into any garden.  It makes the perfect backdrop for flowering deciduous shrubs and perennials, mixed into the woodland garden with ferns and hosta, or it’s capable of shining all on it’s own. It remains dense even in deep shade, making it one of the best shrubs for shade!  A terrific choice to cover stubborn grass-less areas under trees, or for creating a shady hedge.  When it flowers, they are quite insignificant but, the blooms make way for attractive red berries in fall adding to it’s year-round interest.

This Aucuba Japonica ‘Hosoba Hoshifu’ prefers plantings in shade with soil rich in organic matter.  Established plants can tolerate dry conditions quite well.