Aucuba Serratifolia - Knowledgebase Question

Berkeley, CA
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Question by ehillinger
January 7, 2007
Hi: I just purchased your Aucuba Japonica Serratifolia. The plant has red berries on it. The Western Garden book says this is a female plant and if I want to have berries I will need to purchase a male plant. Is this correct? If yes, which male plant should I purchase?
Thank you for your help.

Edith Hillinger


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Answer from NGA
January 7, 2007
It's true, a female Aucuba will produce more berries if there's a male in the vicinity. There may already be a male planted in your neighborhood. If not, Aucuba ?Crassifolia? is a male form with large, dark green leaves. It should be readily available at your local garden center. Best wishes with your garden!

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