Gold Dust Plant

This shrub will brighten shady parts of your garden with its yellow-speckled leaves.

Colorful Combinations

Also known as aucuba, gold dust plant is an all-star component of a low-maintenance shade border. Pair it with camellia, hydrangea, fatsia, and rhododendron for a colorful, easy-care shrub planting that provides interest year-round. Especially well-suited for creating a low-growing living screen, gold dust plant and the shrubs listed above require only simple pruning in spring to maintain the desired size and shape. Further simplify maintenance by blanketing the ground around the shrubs with a 2-inch-thick layer of shredded mulch to suppress weeds and prevent soil-moisture loss.

Gold Dust Plant Care Must-Knows

Gold dust plant thrives in full shade. It will tolerate a few hours of morning sunlight, but its leaves will scorch when exposed to extended periods of full sun. A woodland plant, it thrives in rich, deep, moist soil that is well-drained. Prior to planting, enrich the soil with a well-decomposed compost. Plant nursery-grown transplants in spring or fall. Spread a 2-inch-thick layer of shredded mulch or well-decomposed compost over the root zone after planting. Water plants regularly throughout the first growing season. Once established, plants tolerate drier conditions in areas with cool summer climates. Prune plants in spring to maintain desired shape.

More Varieties of Gold Dust Plant

Gold Dust Plant Overview

Description Light up a shade border with gold dust plant, also called aucuba. This slow-growing, evergreen shrub has yellow speckled foliage or bright green glossy foliage depending on the cultivar. It keeps its leaves year-round, providing color and texture when other plants go dormant for winter. Gold dust plant is grown for its berries as well as its leaves. Female plants produce bright red berries in fall when a male pollinator is nearby.
Genus Name Aucuba
Common Name Gold Dust Plant
Plant Type Shrub
Light Part Sun, Shade
Height 3 to 8 feet
Width 3 to 6 feet
Flower Color White
Season Features Spring Bloom, Summer Bloom, Winter Interest
Special Features Good for Containers, Low Maintenance
Zones 10, 6, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Stem Cuttings
Problem Solvers Drought Tolerant

'Variegata' Aucuba

Variegata plant Aucuba japonica
Cynthia Haynes

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' is a female selection that flaunts gold flecks and spots scattered on dark green leaves. It grows 10 feet tall and wide. Zones 7-9

'Picturata' Aucuba

Picturata Aucuba
Denny Schrock

This variety of Aucuba japonica is known for showy dark green leaves with bright golden-yellow centers. It will produce berries if a male pollinizer is nearby. Zones 6-10

'Gold Dust' Aucuba

Gold Dust Aucuba
Tony Walsh

Aucuba 'Gold Dust' is a long-time favorite female selection with leaves generously dusted with gold specks. It grows 10 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-10

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