‘Picturata’ Gold Splotch Japanese Laurel

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Aucuba japonica ‘Picturata’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 7a to 10b
This evergreen shrub offers eye-catching foliage with a broad, bright gold stripe down each leaf and a scattering of gold spots around leaf margins. Besides shade, ‘Picturata’ gold splotch Japanese laurel takes poor soils, drought, pollution, and sea air, but it does not like very wet soil. It works well in an urban courtyard or anywhere its bold texture and bright color is needed to liven up a dull area.
Recommended by US National Arboretum
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Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 4 to 6 feet tall, 4 to 6 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Upright
Features:   Excellent Foliage Color, Screening, Bold Texture-Shape
Tolerates Urban Pollution, Drought Tolerant, Dry Shade, Tolerates Salt
Garden Ideas:   
Shade, Asian-Zen, Woodland Shade
Flower features:    Early Bloomer
Female-flowering variety; will bear fruit if cross-pollinated by a male variety. that bloom in spring
Fruit & seed features:    Small, shiny, bright red that will ripen in fall through winter
Foliage type and color:    Evergreen, Variegated
Large, leathery leaves with bright gold centers
Landscape Uses:    Screen, Foundation
Accent, Border, Container, Mass Planting
‘Picturata’ Gold Splotch Japanese Laurel is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 4 to 6 feet tall, 4 to 6 feet wide
Growth Rate:   Slow
Spacing:   5-7 ft apart
Exposure:   Partial Shade to Full Shade
Watering:   Low   Evenly Moist
Soil Types:   Adaptable to pH   Well-Drained   Enriched with organic matter
General Plant Care:    Care for your shrubs includes monitoring for pests and diseases, periodically checking soil moisture, and providing fertilizer as needed. In general, plants that have sufficient water and the correct amount of fertilizer tend to not have as many pest and disease problems. Water new plants weekly during the growing season in the first year, and as needed after that.
General Planting Tips:    Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole twice as wide but no deeper than the container. Remove plant from container and loosen roots slightly. Place the plant in the hole. If using slow-release (coated) fertilizer, you may add it according to package directions at this time. Add soil back to the hole, ensuring the top of the soil from the container is even with the surrounding soil. Water well, and add more soil if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, taking care to keep away from stem or trunk. See our FAQ page for more details on Mulching.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Once in spring with a slow-release fertilizer recommended for this plant (shrub, tree) at a rate according to package directions.
General Pruning suggestions:    If needed, prune in late winter or early spring to maintain size and shape. Do not remove more than 1/4 of the plant at any one time. It is best to selectively cut branches back to a natural fork in the branch. Shrubs look best when allowed to maintain their natural growth habit - avoid shearing into tight balls or squares.
USDA Hardiness Zones: 7a to 10b

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