Japanese Aucuba Propagation

For the empty space by my shaded front door area, I think it might be nice to plant more Japanese aucuba. Also known as Aucuba japonica, Japanese laurel, spotted laurel, and gold dust tree, this beautiful, shade-loving shrub is already under my kitchen window. For balance, and to provide a lovely match to my home’s new yellow stucco, the green-gold coloring of the Japanese aucuba provides a nice consistent tie-in with the rest of my front yard garden design. So lovely!

HOW TO: To propagate this plant, I used my garden shears and made a small cutting of my mature Japanese aucuba. I then immediately placed the cutting into a small round bottle filled with tap water. I will place this bottle on near my kitchen sill, where there will be filtered light. My hope is that this cutting will have roots over the next several weeks. Should it root sufficiently, I will then reintroduce it to the outdoors, likely in small container for a few more weeks before planting it directly into the soil.

I am very enthusiastic about cost-effective strategies for gardening and propagation of new plants from my existing mature plants is part of that plan!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE: Japanese aucuba has been reported to be poisonous, though the level of toxicity has been reported to be minor.

More information on toxic plants can be found here:



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