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Spotted Laurel 'Variegata'

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'

Also known as

Variegated Japanese Laurel, Varnish Tree, Japanese aucuba

Aucuba Japonica 'Variëgata' leaf by TeunSpaans (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of some green leaves of an Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' plant in a garden
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A photo of Spotted Laurel 'Variegata'

Spotted Laurel 'Variegata' Overview

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' is an evergreen shrub with foliage that is oppositely arranged, broadly toothed along the edges, dark green and glossy in appearance, with cream-yellow splashes across the leaves. Small, non-showy purple flowers are produced in spring, followed by bright red ornamental berries in female specimens if there is a male clone nearby and pollination occurs. (This cultivar is dioecious, meaning that it produces separate male and female flowers on individual plants.) Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' makes a good hedging or screening plant due to its thick foliage, and it may also be grown as a free-standing shrub for its ornamental value. It is particularly popular with gardeners for brightening up dark corners. It is happy in full or part shade (making it useful for north-facing positions) and it grows well in most soils, with the exception of waterlogged ones. Allow to dry out between waterings to reduce chances of root rot. The spotted or variegated Japanese laurel - as it's also known by - copes well with urban pollution (and salty air).

Common problems with Spotted Laurel 'Variegata'

Generally free of pests and diseases.

    How to propagate Spotted Laurel 'Variegata'



    Semi-ripe cuttings.

    Special features of Spotted Laurel 'Variegata'

    Attractive leaves

    Hedge plant

    Other uses of Spotted Laurel 'Variegata'

    Foliage, border, indoors, hedging, specimen.