‘Picturata’

Aucuba

Aucuba japonica

'Picturata'

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

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)
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.