This is a rooted piece of Aucuba that I've had for years, in dry shade under a Live Oak. It took a notion this year to grow to about 18" tall. The eventual size is up to 6 feet.
Depending on whose opinion you read, Aucuba is hardy in zones 7-9 or 6-10. Aucuba is a great choice for a shady garden. The leaves burn easily in sun, leaving ugly black blotches.
This is a female plant. If I had a male plant or two, we might see big red seeds soon.
If I had a shady area where I needed a hedge, Aucuba would be the obvious choice. It makes a good specimen plant where it is. After more than a dozen years it started to grow when a bird-planted Sassafras came up to shade it even more.