Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’


Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ in a 3 litre plastic nursery pot.

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Aucuba, commonly known as Japanese Aucuba. It is a evergreen shrub that is known for its glossy, variegated leaves. The leaves are dark green with yellow margins, giving them a variegated appearance. The plant typically grows to a height of about 2-3m (6-10ft) and a width of about 2-3m (6-10ft) and produces small red or purple flowers that bloom in the late winter or early spring. It prefers partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. It can tolerate a wide range of soil types and it is also known for its ability to tolerate low light and shade. It is commonly used as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes.

Key Facts

  • Common Name(s):variegated Japanese laurel
  • Hardiness:Fully hardy through most of the UK
  • How big will I get? Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ can grow to a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m.
  • Did You Know That:Variegation in Aucuba japonica is sometimes caused by a virus?

Plant Calendar

A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Flowering Time
Foliage Colour

Care Guide

Soil Requirements

Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ is a versatile plant and can cope with wet or drier soils, but prefers there to be decent drainage. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.

Best Position

Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ can handle either an exposed or a sheltered position and is perfect for darker areas of your garden it likes either full or partial shade.


Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ is fairly low maintenance and doesn’t require any pruning. However can be trimmed to maintain a nice shape.

Pest, Diseases and Wildlife

Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ is generally pest free, and it tends not to have problems with diseases. It is toxic to cats, dogs, horses and people.

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