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Gold Dust Aucuba - Japanese Laurel - 3 Gallon Pot
Sporting bold, tropical-like dark green leaves that look as though they've been heavily speckled with yellow paint, the Gold Dust Aucuba is one of the easiest to grow, lowest maintenance, most attractive plants in our shade garden and will surely light up the shady areas of your garden. Get all the details below!

Gold Dust Aucuba - Japanese Laurel - 3 Gallon Pot

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SIZE: 3 GALLON POT
Quantity Price Each
1 $58.97
2+ $54.84


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

Sporting bold, tropical-like dark green leaves that look as though they've been heavily speckled with yellow paint, the Gold Dust Aucuba is one of the easiest to grow, lowest maintenance, most attractive plants in our shade garden and will surely light up the shady areas of your garden. Because no other plants share similar foliage, this Aucuba is an indispensable shade plant that compliments all other plants nearby.




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!

Suggested Spacing:  4 feet apart for solid hedges;  8 feet or more apart for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Aucuba are very easy to grow and low maintenance plants that like a moist to somewhat dry well-drained soil of average fertility and shade to part shade. As with so many other ornamental shrubs, constantly soggy or wet soils are problematic. Aucuba thrive in the shadiest of spots, even under the canopies of large trees and decks where lawn grass and many other plants are difficult to grow. Morning and evening sun are fine but avoid exposure to direct afternoon sun, which can scorch leaves.




Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to find 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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