Hi! transplanted acuba from a site, a boxed -in area of concrete porch and sidewalk. Dug large hole, amended soil, planted, fed with espoma product; one year ago. Shaded site, plant is approx 3 ft tall- I did not prune at the time of transplant. Just isn't doing well. Not a lot of new growth; water reg. thanks
Rate of growth is slow on aucubas. Depending on your location they can be damaged by cold and fluctuations in temperature. Also, It is possible some of the roots were damaged by digging. It may take a while to generate new roots and settle into the new location.
They grow best in shade in a moist well drained soil. Make sure mulch is no thicker than several inches and keep away from the base of the shrubs. Water during dry periods up until the ground freezes. All you can do is monitor the shrub and send us photos if you notice additional symptoms.