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Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' /Variegated Aucuba

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'  / Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'
Yellow spotted foliage
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Yellow spotted foliage

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Mature plant in Arkansas

Lots of variegation in leaves

Red fruit

Mature specimen growing in the woodland garden at the Birmingham Botanical Garden

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Scientific Name: Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'
Common Name: Variegated Aucuba
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Variegated Plants
Comments: Only female plants have fruit. This plant grown for is beautiful gold and green variegated leaves. Relatively slow growing. Plant in a well drained soil and partial shade. Cannot tolerate the hot high noon and early afternoon sunlight in summer. Cannot withstand water logged soil. Makes an excellent container plant. Occasionally remove old stalks to encourage new fresh growth to rejuvenate old plants. Excellent, long lasting cut foliage for floral arrangements.