Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’

Botanical Name: Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’

Phonetic: Awe-Koo-Buh juh-Pon-ih-kuh vari-eh-gah-tuh

Common Name(s): Gold Dust Plant, Variegated Aucuba

Family: Garryaceae
Origin: China, Taiwan, southern Japan
Plant Type: Shrub
Persistence: Evergreen

Leaf Type: Simple, elliptic to narrow-ovate
Number of Leaflets:
Leaf Color: Leathery, glossy, medium to rich green splattered with yellow
Fall Color: –
Texture: Medium
Density: Dense
Bloom Season: Spring
Flower Color(s): Reddish-purple, purple-maroon

Exposure: Part shade to full shade
USDA: 7-9
Growth Rate: Moderate               
Height: 6-10 Feet
Spread: 5-9 Feet
Hydrozone: Medium
Pest/Diseases: No serious problems, easy to grow, might get root rot, winter dieback, fungal leaf spot, nematodes, scale, mealybugs, spider mites
Soil: Moist, organically rich, well-drained soils

Features: Winter interest, spring interest, low maintenance, showy fruit and flower, established plants adapt to drought, tolerates air pollution, rounded grow habit, shade-loving, red fruit in fall
Uses: Container plant, houseplant (cool rooms), hedge, screen, background, window boxes, combine with plants that have yellow flowers

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