AUCUBA PICTURATA - Aucuba japonica 'Picturata'
Aucuba 'Picturata', is an evergreen shrub that grows slowly to about 8-10 ft tall, and thrives in low light areas. The shrub may have multiple stalks which support large - up to 8 in (20 cm) - shiny, leathery leaves. Aucubas are dioecious: the small purple flowers of male plants have yellow anthers, and those of the female plants produce bright red berries. Picturata has leaves that are variegated with big yellow spotches and these are especially attractive. Aucuba thrives in light to deep shade. Once established, aucuba tolerates drought, but it always looks better when it gets regular watering. USDA Zones 6-10. It's also good in pots. Aucuba tolerates shade, air pollution, dry soils, and salt spray.