A genus of 3-4 species of broadleaf, evergreen, dioecious shrubs or small trees, forming a rounded habit; thriving in almost any soil or situation. Leaves opposite, lanceolate, glossy, entire or serrate. Includes A. chinensis, shrub; A. himalaica, tree; and the much more common A. japonica.
Aucuba: the Japanese name for the plant.
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