A large evergreen shrub with green leaves that are speckled with yellow, similar to Aucuba japonica Crotonifolia. Female form producing bright red berries once pollinated. Clusters of small, 4-petalled purplish flowers in spring. Grows in almost any soil, unless waterlogged. Best in shade, will tolerate sun in cool areas but should be protected from strong cold drying winds. Can be hard pruned if required.