Answer: Grafting is quite specialized and really best explained by seeing someone do it, rather than reading about it. Perhaps a local nursery that has a propagation expert could show you how it is done.
Aucuba is a relatively nondemanding evergreen for a shady location, it does require an evenly moist yet well drained and acidic soil for best results. A sheltered location out of wind will also help the foliage look good all winter long.
Kousa dogwoods (Cornus kousa) are nice ornamental trees, they bloom a bit later than our native dogwoods and mature to between 20 and 30 feet. The flowers are usually white then fade to pink. The fall color can vary depending on the specific named variety you plant.
Like the native dogwoods, these trees require an acidic soil with plenty of humus and do best with an evenly moist but well drained soil.
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