Gold Dust Aucuba Shrubs with red berries leaves of evergreen Japanese Laurel plants Variegated Gold Dust Japonica foundation bush planting
Gold Dust Aucuba Shrubs with red berries leaves of evergreen Japanese Laurel plants Variegated Gold Dust Japonica foundation bush planting

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Gold Dust Aucuba Shrubs

Aucuba japonica

Gold Dust Aucuba Shrubs produce large, dark green leaves that look as though they've been speckled with yellow paint, adding a tropical feel to any garden. Gold Dust Aucuba is exceptionally easy to grow in locations that provide well draining soil and shade or morning sun with afternoon shade. Hot afternoon sun will scorch the leaves causing them to turn black in color. It is very drought tolerant when established, making it suitable for growing under large shade trees where not many other plants will grow. No pruning is required, though stray or broken branches can be removed any time of year. Creates an interesting privacy hedge in a shady location where not many choices are available.

Growzone: 6-10

As Low As: $53.95

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Evergreen Gold Dust Aucuba Shrubs are one of the easiest plants to grow requiring the lowest maintenance. You'll soon realize it's one of the most attractive plants in your shade garden.

Gold Dust Aucuba Attributes:

  • Bright Red Berries
  • Gold splashed leaves
  • Deer Resistant
  • Tolerates deep Shade

About Your Gold Dust Aucuba Shrubs

Tropical Foliage on a Hardy Evergreen Shrub

Gold Dust Aucuba is able to withstand at least some salt in the air and soil, so you could use this in a location near the ocean. It will also do well in urban areas where the roads are sometimes salted to keep away snow. Air pollution is also tolerated. If you want at least some of your shrubs to have the beautiful red fruits, make sure to plant both male Mr Goldstrike.


Growing Zone: 6-9
Mature Height: 4 to 6 feet
Mature Width: 4 to 6 feet
Classification: Broad leaved evergreen shrub
Sunlight: Part Shade to Full Shade
Habit: Densely branched, spreading
Foliage: Bright Green Specked with Gold
Flower Color: Spring flowers that produce red berries
Pruning Season: Prune in spring after flowering
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as in the mixed border, foundations, or planted in mass
This Plants Growzone: 6-10 Gold Dust Aucuba Shrubs Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Gold Dust Aucuba Shrubs

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Gold Dust Aucuba Shrubs that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil, you may need to add a locally-sourced compost or topsoil to the backfill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a backfill soil for Gold Dust Aucuba because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Gold Dust spread through the loose, nutrient-rich soil much easier than if you used solely the existing soil, which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant too deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally-occurring, beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener's best friend and can help guarantee your success.


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