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Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' (Japanese laurel 'Variegata')

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
2.5m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'

Other names

Japanese laurel 'Variegata', Long-leaved spotted laurel 'Variegata', Aucuba 'Variegata', Aucuba japonica 'Maculata', Gold dust aucuba

Genus

Aucuba Aucuba

Variety or Cultivar

'Variegata' _ 'Variegata' is a bushy, rounded evergreen shrub with glossy, toothed leaves densely spotted with gold. Spring flowers are small, purple, and often followed by clusters of red berries in autumn.


Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' is: Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Spreading, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Dark-purple in Spring

Foliage

Golden-yellow, Spotted, Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-ripe cuttings


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Where to grow

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' (Japanese laurel 'Variegata') will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Coastal, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Resistant to pollution

Cultivation

Will grow well in all but waterlogged soils. Will withstand dry conditions. Needs a male pollinator nearby to produce berries.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'

Other names

Japanese laurel 'Variegata', Long-leaved spotted laurel 'Variegata', Aucuba 'Variegata', Aucuba japonica 'Maculata', Gold dust aucuba

Genus

Aucuba Aucuba

Variety or Cultivar

'Variegata' _ 'Variegata' is a bushy, rounded evergreen shrub with glossy, toothed leaves densely spotted with gold. Spring flowers are small, purple, and often followed by clusters of red berries in autumn.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Spreading, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Dark-purple in Spring

Foliage

Golden-yellow, Spotted, Green in All seasons

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-ripe cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' (Japanese laurel 'Variegata') will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Coastal, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Resistant to pollution

Cultivation

Will grow well in all but waterlogged soils. Will withstand dry conditions. Needs a male pollinator nearby to produce berries.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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