'Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’ is a versatile evergreen shrub suitable for almost anywhere in the garden.
Slow-growing, it will only reach 1.8m after 10 years if left unpruned.
The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Like all aucuba varieties, ‘Crotonifolia’ will grow in shade, although its gold-blotched and finely-speckled leaves colour best in full sun.
It thrives in most soils, including dry ground near hedges and trees. Shrubs may be strictly pruned as hedges, left to grow unchecked, or lightly trimmed to shape once annually, always using secateurs to avoid cutting the large leaves.