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Aucuba japonica 'Picturata'

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Description

Evergreen, dense and rounded shrub. 'Picturata' is a cultivar that has yellow running in the center of the leaves with speckles of yellow along the green margins.  It does tend to grown back to solid green leaves, so simply remove any of those stems promptly to encourage the growth of the variegated leaves.  It can be grown as a houseplant in a cool room.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Indoor plants may suffer from spider mites.  Outdoor plants occasionally suffer from scale, nematodes, and mealybugs.  Fungal leaf spot, southern blight sometimes occur,  Heavy or overly moist soils cause root rot.  Foliage is susceptible to windburn or sun-scald so plant in a protected area.

 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Large, central yellow blotch in most leaves
  • Leaves glossy, coriaceous, elliptic and OPPOSITE

Flowers in early spring; foliage glossy and green with large central yellow blotch in middle and surrounded by smaller yellow flecks; reverts to all-green during normal leaf senescence; year-round interest; used as a potted plant in the North. 

Shade-tolerant; slow growth; needs organic soil; pest problems.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
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#evergreen#houseplant#heavy shade#purple flowers#spotted#interiorscape#low maintenance#spring flowers#winter interest#interesting leaves#air pollution tolerant#hedges#window boxes#winter berries#fall fruits#screening#background#containers#fantz#patios
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aucuba
    Species:
    japonica
    Family:
    Garryaceae
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Red berry-like ellipsoid drupe 1/2" long and wide. They ripen in the fall and often remain on the plant until spring.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cross
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Purple-maroon 4-petals 4-sepals cross-shaped with white anthers bloom in early spring. Not particularly showy and tiny. Dioecious (male and female flowers on separate plants) with the male flowers in terminal cymes or panicles 4 1/2” long. Female flowers are shorter and appear in leaf axils. Axillary cymose panicle, to 1 1/2-2 3/4".
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    Variegated
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, simple, elliptic-ovate to elliptic-lanceolate, dentate, dark green, centrally blotched with gold.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Succulent, green, glabrous and waxy, shield-shaped leaf scars connected by transverse stipular scar.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heavy Shade
    Pollution