Aucuba japonica 'Picturata'

Picturata Aucuba




Family: Garryaceae

Genus: Aucuba

Parent: Aucuba japonica

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 10

Size: 4 to 6' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Shade


A large leaf with a bright yellow center and small yellow flecks elsewhere on a very dark green background. Narrow elliptical leaves, sparsely toothed. Supposed to be a male but some females are sold under this name. Reverts easily - remove shoots with only splashing, not the central band.

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My Experience: 

I bought a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in October 2010 to be the male to my Goldilocks - because I really want to see the peach-colored berries on Goldilocks. I planted it in the courtyard. It has grown quite well and looks better than the Goldilocks! Then suddenly in summer 2013 the leaves drooped, went brown and the whole plant died. When I dug it up there were nodules on the roots.

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