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Aucuba japonica 'Picturata'

Japanese Aucuba

Plant Type:

BROADLEAF EVERGREEN SHRUBS

Aucuba japonica ‘Picturata’ – ​6 available. 'Picturata' sports an amorphous large golden yellow center in each leaf reminding me of a deep space nebula as captured by the Hubble telescope. The green edges of each leaf contain starry pinpoints of yellow light. Each leaf is like viewing a piece of our universe in miniature! 'Picturata' may grow larger down south. Spring planting would be wise unless to be pot grown in a conservatory.


Height:

4-6 ft

Spread:

4-6 ft

Characteristics and Attributes for Aucuba japonica 'Picturata'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Light

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade
  • Dappled Shade

Attributes

  • Foundation
  • Specimen
  • Potted Plant
  • Shrub Border
  • Foliage
  • Woodland
  • Hedge
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Hedgerow
  • Evergreen
  • Massing

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil

  • Fertile
  • Organic
  • Draining

Origins

  • Japan

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Aucuba

The Japanese Aucuba now comes in many different forms. They are very useful broadleaf evergreens where they can be grown making beautiful hedges, components in foundation gardens or in mixed company. They prefer siting in dappled to fully open shade but can tolerate some morning sun. Winter shade is a basic need for healthier looking foliage; winter sun can wash out foliage making the leaves look sickly. All Aucubas prefer fertile draining soil with added organic matter. They can tolerate some drought once established. All of the following cultivars are cutting grown.