This post tackles a problem found on variegated, shrubs, called 'Reversion' . Variegation means the appearance of different coloured zones on leaves,(in this topic) or stems, fruit or even flowers. Variegation comes from a sport or a mutation of a green plants leaves in nature. Nurserymen then propagate these parts to create new varieties either with cuttings, grafting or even division. There are a huge amount of Variegated shrubs to choose from and can be seen in alot of gardens. They add an extra dimension to the value of the plant especially if they flower or are non deciduous aswell. The problem is though with these plants is that their growth isn't entirely stable, the mutations can be prone to reverting back to pure green shoots. The green shoots contain more chlorophyll in their leaves and are able to absorb more light energy and thus are more vigorous. Before you know it, your prized variegated shrub can be overcome with greenery! So what is the solution to "the green menace" then? . Well it is just a matter of tracing to where the reversion is shooting from and pruning it completely out and back to a stem that is still variegated. In the pictures we see some Euonymous which are classic shrubs to have this problem along with Golden Variegated ligustrum (privet) , Variegated Weigela, Eleagnus and Ilex (Hollies) to name but a few. Captions describe "the before problem" and" the after" remedy.