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Gold Dust Aucuba - Japanese Laurel
Gold Dust Aucuba is one of the easiest to grow, lowest maintenance, most attractive plants in our shade garden. The large, dark green leaves look as though they've been heavily speckled with yellow paint, adding a tropical feel to the garden. More details below

Gold Dust Aucuba - Japanese Laurel

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Gold Dust  Aucuba
Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Aucuba variety is not reliably winter hardy outdoors, you can enjoy it in containers as a year-round houseplant or that can be kept outside during the warm seasons and moved indoors during winter.



Special Attributes

Gold Dust Aucuba is one of the easiest to grow, lowest maintenance, most attractive plants in our shade garden. The large, dark green leaves look as though they've been heavily speckled with yellow paint, adding a tropical feel to the garden. Sure to light up the shady areas of your garden!




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 5 to 6 feet tall and wide and handling dense shade to part shade, Gold Dust Aucuba is ideal as an accent or in groupings under the canopies of large shade trees and in other shady areas. They are also great for use in landscape borders and home foundation plantings as an accent, natural hedge, or in small to large groupings. It's tropical-looking evergreen leaves make Gold Dust Aucuba plants a perfect choice for bringing a flare of the tropics to your landscape, perennial shade garden or rock and Xeriscape (low water needs) gardens. What's more...you can grow this flashy beauty year-round indoors as a houseplant!

Spacing:  4' for solid hedges;  8' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Aucuba are very easy to grow and low maintenance plants tolerant of most any well-drained soil. They thrive in the shadiest of spots, even under the canopies of large trees where grass and many other plants are difficult to grow. That being said, they'll do fine with some morning sun, however hot, direct afternoon sun will scorch the leaves. As with so many other ornamental shrubs, constantly soggy or wet soils are problematic.




Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Aucuba plants.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub
Height at Maturity:  5-6'
Width at Maturity:  4-6'
Spacing:  4' for solid hedges; 8' for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  NA
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Very Deep Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs:  Shade or Mostly Shade, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade
Water Needs:  Low Once Established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Lightly Moist, Well Drained Dry
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Heavy Shade, Insect



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