Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’
Habit: 1.5 to 2.5 m tall, slow-growing, stiffly to broadly upright, slow-growing, arching when old.
Leaves: Dark green, attractive yellow spots.
Flowers: Dioecious, inconspicuous and small, reddish, hidden under the leaves, spring.
Fruits: Elongated, ovoid, shiny red from the end of September, persistent through winter, poisonous.
Roots: Cordate, tolerate root pressure very well.
Demands: Only semi-shade to shade; needs protection from winter sun, tolerates heat, likes warmth, needs shelter; high humidity, tolerant of urban pollution, resistant to air and soil pollution.
Natural habitat: Moderately dry to fresh, slightly acidic to slightly alkaline, all humic substrates, sandy-loamy, not too heavy.
Hardiness: Zone 8a