Aureola Japanese Forest Grass Tree
Aureola Japanese Forest Grass Leaf
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Aureola Japanese Forest Grass Tree
Aureola Japanese Forest Grass Leaf
Aureola Japanese Forest Grass Additional Product Shot 1113

Growth Facts

Aureola Japanese Forest Grass
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola
A small, refined, colorful Fringe that will light up shady spaces.
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The WOW factor. Aureola Japanese Forest Grass has it! This Fringe may not be of grand proportions, and it doesn’t have over-the-top plumes or even a winter presence, but it really packs a punch. Its bright green and canary yellow–variegated foliage is more yellow than green, and it sings in partly shaded sites. That’s right—this is one of the few Fringes that actually prefers some shade. Aureola’s Bamboo-like foliage seems to flow like a wave, and it looks especially striking swirling around boulders or hugging the contours of a rugged slope. It also makes a choice container specimen.

Growth Facts

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The Story

Japanese Forest Grass is—you guessed it—native to the woodlands of Japan. Specifically, it is found in cool, moist mountain and forest regions on the main island of Honshu. The Japanese have long enjoyed this Fringe in the garden, primarily using it as a potted plant. The colorful selection known as Aureola is relatively new (at least to the U.S.), having arrived on our shores in the mid-1990s. Landscape designers and homeowners alike quickly fell in love with it. Now it’s hard to imagine that a shade garden is complete without it!

The Details

When fall comes and you start to feel a chill in the air, Aureola Japanese Forest Grass feels it, too. That’s when its leaves begin to take on warm, rosy pink tones. The color transformation can be quite dramatic—as if this colorful Fringe wasn’t showy enough already!

How to Grow

In most cases, Aureola Japanese Forest Grass is happiest in part shade. It definitely wants some shade in hot summer areas, and it tolerates full sun in cool northern and maritime climates. It appreciates regular irrigation, but needs good drainage. If kept too dry, growth will be stunted. Even under the best circumstances, Aureola is a rather slow grower. In late winter, cut all old growth back to the ground with hand pruners or hedge trimmers to make way for fresh new growth in spring. Pests and diseases are rarely of any concern with this Fringe, and deer usually leave it alone.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone
Exposure Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 2'
Avg Mature Width 2'
Flower Time Summer
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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Aureola Japanese Forest Grass Tree
Aureola Japanese Forest Grass Leaf
Aureola Japanese Forest Grass Additional Product Shot 1113