Parent: Aucuba japonica
Category: Shrub - Evergreen
Zones: 7 to 10
Size: 6 to 8' tall and wide
Growth Rate: Slow
Female plant - need male to pollinate. Dense shrub. Yellow-flecks on leaves which are narrow-elliptical and toothed.
= 'Variegata' - introduced to England before the species from Japan in 1783 by John Graeffer. Robert Hall introduced it to the US in the 1860s.
I purchased a small 8" pot at the Sweetwater Rd plant sale in May 2009 and planted it in the courtyard where I thought there would never be any sun. It turned out to get sun in the summer for over 4 hours so the plant struggled over the summer with some leaves turning black. From autumn to spring it grew a little. In early summer 2010 I moved it to a new raised bed under the screen porch steps where it seems happy. Unfortunately there was not enough air circulation under there and it got a horrible case of scale and died in winter 2011.