Full shade to dappled shade, protected from hot sun; evergreen. A classic foliage plant, with big glossy leaves splattered with yellow flecks (“Gold Dust” is a popular cultivar). In some cases its stems can grow up to 5′ or more, but typically it keeps a much lower profile around cast-iron plant, liriope and other frequent companions. Variegated varieties are commercially available.
Aucuba isn’t a classic watersaver plant, since it prefers semi-moist soil, but it’s ideal for that shady spot near the Paseo del Rio (or the AC condensate drain).