Aucuba japonica


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Close up of yellow and dark green variegated Aucuba Picturata Aucuba Picturata potted in greenhouse
  • Heat tolerant
  • Evergreen
  • Shade tolerant

Evergreen beauty for shade. Brighten up shady spots with the unique variegation of Aucuba ‘Picturata.’ Each glossy, leathery leaf is splotched with a large, luminous yellow spot in the center and starry dots in the margins. This warm climate evergreen may survive in zone 6 in a protected area but is reliably hardy in USDA zone 7. Deep maroon flowers add interest, but this is primarily grown for its foliage and shade tolerance.

USDA Zone 7 - 9 (0°F/-17°C)

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Exposure Part sun, Shade

Height 4 - 6'

Width 4 - 6'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Evergreen

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color Red

Foliage Color Variegated

Liner Sizes 4"

Soil Requires moist but well-drained soil.

Pruning Trim to shape in spring if desired.

Uses Hedges, borders, foundation plantings, screening

Growing Tips Fast and easy to produce. May survive winters in USDA zone 6b with protection (or in a protected spot). Recovers from winter damage to foliage quite readily.