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Gold Dust Plant - Aucuba japonica Variegata
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 Plant - Aucuba japonica Variegata

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Gold Dust Plant
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 winter hardy outdoors, you can enjoy it as a year-round houseplant or in containers that can be moved indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Gold Dust Plant 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 4 to 6 feet wide and handling dense shade to part shade, Gold Dust Plant 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 the Gold Dust Plant 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' for space between plants



Cultural Preferences

Gold Dust Plant is very easy to grow and a low maintenance plant tolerant of most any well-drained soil. It thrives 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, it will do fine with some morning sun, however hot, direct afternoon sun will scorch the leaves.



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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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