The Genus Aucuba has for far too long been left out of the lime light which is fair enough in one sense as it likes heavy shade! the common varieties tend to have spotted variegated foliage which I think stands out superbly but by many people is seen as over the top and vulgar. Silly attitude if you ask me!!
I however have been smitten by a non variegated selection which I can’t live without but that hasn’t stopped me planting the cheery ones as well. A. j. ‘Rozannie’ will grow in very dry shade, as a pot plant or even indoors so it is a most adaptable plant indeed.
The leaves are glossy rich green and the plant will rarely exceed 1metre but the big claim to fame are the brilliant red berries that persist for months and don’t need a cross pollinator as the forms of this species usually does.