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botanical name:
Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'
Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Spotted laurel
synonyms:  Aucuba japonica 'Maculata'
family:  Cornaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 3.00m
width: 3.00m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: rounded
leaf colour: yellow & green
flower colour: purple
fruit colour: red
main season: All Year
aspect: part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -12°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
Green leaves speckled with yellow, similar to 'Crotonifolia'. Female form producing bright red berries. Clusters of small, 4-petalled purplish flowers in spring.

Grows in almost any soil, unless waterlogged. Best in shade, will tolerate sun in cool areas but should be protected from strong cold drying winds.
Can be hard pruned if required.

From tip cuttings, about 12cm long, taken in summer or autumn. It is usually possible to root cuttings by standing in a jar of water.
Fertile seeds are produced, but will not come true.

other notes:
This is the most commonly planted form. Introduced to Britain in 1783 by John Graefer.
Sometime incorrectly called Aucuba japonica 'Maculata', a male cultivar which may be extinct.

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