PlantsAucuba→Variegated Japanese Aucuba (Aucuba japonica 'Variegata')

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Aucuba japonica Accepted
Aucuba japonica var. variegata Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 8-10 feet
Plant Spread: 4-6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Uses: Provides winter interest
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 17, 2020 8:07 PM

I see this slow growing broadleaf evergreen shrub from Japan infrequently planted in yards and landscapes in the Philadelphia, PA region in places sheltered from strong winds. It needs some shade all year long to do well. It likes moist, rich, well-drained soils. This seems to be the most common cultivar that was brought into the western world back in 1783 by John Graeffer before the regular green-leaved species was. This cultivar is female that can bear the red berries; though I have not really seen them.

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