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Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'
Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'

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Aucuba japonica 'Picturata' ('Aureo-maculata')

Evergreen, Shrubs


Native from the Himalayas to Japan. These seedlings vary in leaf form and variegations; many varieties are offered. The species is densely covered with shiny, dark green, toothed leaves 3 to 8 in. long, 1 1/2 to 3 in. wide, but the most commonly sold forms are spotted and splashed with yellow variegation. Standard green-leafed aucuba grows at a moderate rate to 6 to 10 ft. (sometimes 15 ft.) tall and wide. Can be kept lower by pruning.

Minute dark maroon flowers in earliest spring are followed by clusters of bright red, 3/4-in. berries in fall and winter. Both sexes must be planted to ensoure fruit set. A green-leafed variety called 'Rozannie' is self-fruitful, producing a heavy crop of berries withou a pollenizer.

'Picturata' ('Aureo-maculata')

This variety's leaves have golden yellow centers, edges of dark green dotted yellow. Grows 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide. Female.

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