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The feeder roots of established shrubs are found at and beyond the outside perimeter.

Cut branches on the aucuba back selectively in late winter or early spring, if desired. Use sharp, clean pruning shears to cut the plant's stems back by up to one-third of their length. Dec 21, Q: My spotted aucuba bush is at least 30 years old. It appears to be healthy in spite of getting some black leaves in the early springtime.

If you are planting the root ball higher than ground level, as shown in the illustration above, taper your soil mixture gradually from the top edge of the root ball to the ground level.

The problem is the bush is overgrown and out of shrubpruning.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins. Aug 14, How To Plant, Fertilize, Prune & Water Aucuba Plants In The Ground Or Pots And Containers Posted by Brent Wilson on 8/14/ to Fertilizing & Watering Tips Aucuba, commonly called Japanese laurel by some, are prized for their bold foliage and adaptability to shade, dry soil, pollution, and coastal conditions.