Aucuba japonica 'Rozannie'
Description: A slow –growing evergreen, compact shrub with large leaves providing structure all year round. Aucuba japonica 'Rozannie' is a more compact form of Aucuba with no variegation. The leaves are glossy green and the shape of a large spear head. Reddish purple male and female flowers in March and April followed by red berries which last throughout autumn and winter.
Climate / Position: Very versatile, noted for shade tolerance but will also grow in partial shade or even full sun.
Height / Spread: Slow-growing and compact. 1 x 1 metre.
Soil Requirements: It thrives in most soils, including dry ground near hedges and trees. Avoid waterlogged soils.
Pruning : Shrubs may be left to grow unchecked, or lightly trimmed to shape once annually in late summer, always using secateurs to avoid cutting the large leaves.
Male and female flowers produced on this variety and therefore a single plant will produce berries whereas many Aucubas are either male or female (dioecious) and therefore more than one plant needed to produce berries. Berries are toxic.