Also called Variegated Laurel, it is a colorful-leaved plant of the spurge family. Its numerous varieties of shrubs or small trees with brilliantly colored, glossy, leathery leaves are grown frequently as potted plants.
Native to Malaysia and the Pacific, the trees can reach a height of (20 feet). Leaf colors, mostly resulting from anthocyanin in the leaf, occur solid or in combinations of green, yellow, white, orange, pink, red, crimson, and purple.
The 10–15-centimetre (4–6-inch) leaves vary from linear and lance-shaped to oval and lobed, depending upon the variety.