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Picturata Aucuba

Aucuba japonica 'Picturata'

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Picturata Aucuba (Aucuba japonica 'Picturata') at Valley View Farms

Picturata Aucuba foliage

Picturata Aucuba foliage

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Picturata Aucuba (Aucuba japonica 'Picturata') at Valley View Farms

Picturata Aucuba

Picturata Aucuba

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b


A spectacular evergreen that solves the problem of the most shaded garden with wonderful contrasting foliage; ideal as a dense screen; drought tolerant once established; protect from cold winter winds

Ornamental Features

Picturata Aucuba is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from mid fall to late winter. It has attractive buttery yellow-variegated dark green foliage with hints of yellow. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Picturata Aucuba is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Picturata Aucuba is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Picturata Aucuba will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Fruit  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features
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