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Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' is an evergreen, bushy shrub to around 2 metres tall, with attractive glossy green leaves heavily spotted with gold. It has small purple flowers in spring, followed by bright red berries if there is a male plant nearby, but it is mostly grown as a foliage plant. It will do well under trees, and it can be readily pruned to size and shape, making it a useful landscaping plant. It is an easy care plant, and is troubled by few pests or diseases generally, unless the plant is stressed. Scale and mealy bugs can be controlled with white oil spray. It also is a great container plant, and can be grown indoors in bright light.
It prefers a part shaded position, and will also tolerate a spot in fulll shade. It likes moist, well drained soil, and can take frost. Fertilise regularly with a liquid fertiliser, or in spring with a slow release fertiliser. It can be pruned hard to rejuvenate the plant.
Propagation is by cuttings, either soft tips or semi hardwood.
Ingestion can cause mild stomach upset.
Flower colour: purple
Flowering season: spring
Maximum height: 2.5 metres
Minimum height: 1.5 metres
Maximum width: 2.5 metres
Minimum width: 1.5 metres
Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Root rot if overwatered
Scale, mealy bug, mites
Planting season: not specified.
Types of fertiliser: General purpose fertiliser. A high nitrogen fertiliser will boost foliage growth.