Variegated Japanese laurel, Japanese laurel 'Variegata', Varnish tree, Variegated laurel
Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' is an evergreen shrub species in the Garryaceae family. This cultivar is termed dioecious and thus produces separate male and female flowers on individual plants. Foliage 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, followed by bright red ornamental berries in female specimens if pollination occurs. Makes a good hedging or screening plant for its thick foliage and may also be grown as a free-standing shrub for its ornamental value. This cultivar grows well in most soils, with the exception of waterlogged soils, allow to dry out between waterings to reduce chances of root rot.