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Picturata Aucuba

Aucuba japonica 'Picturata'

A vibrant broadleaf shrub valued for the bold, upright stems and showy dark green leaves with bright golden yellow centers. An excellent accent for shady sites. This female cultivar may produce red berries if a male pollenizer is present. Evergreen.
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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationaw-KEW-ba juh-PON-ih-kuh pik-tur-AT-uh
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasAn evergreen shrub that performs well in almost all growing zones, the Picturata Aucuba is well-suited to shady conditions almost anywhere in a garden. Its leaves have bright yellow centers that illuminate a dark corner. Also beautiful in a large container at the edge of a shady deck or patio.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsSarcococca (Sarcococca); Camellia (Camellia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Fatsia (Fatsia); Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia)

Thrives in organically rich, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drier conditions in cooler summer climates. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10

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