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Gold Dust Aucuba

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Once a weekPartial shadeDeer resistantSpring
  • Vibrant Variegation: The Gold Dust Aucuba features striking green leaves speckled with golden yellow spots, providing a splash of year-round color to any garden. This bold variegation stands out against darker foliage, creating a luminous and eye-catching display.
  • Shade Lover: Thriving in full to partial shade, this plant is a perfect solution for those tricky, low-light areas in your landscape where other plants might struggle. Its adaptability to shade makes it a versatile choice for adding brightness beneath tree canopies or in shadowed corners.
  • Robust and Low Maintenance: Gold Dust Aucuba is renowned for its robust nature, able to withstand urban pollution and less-than-ideal soil conditions. Its resilience makes it an excellent choice for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance plant that still offers a high decorative appeal.

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The variegated leaves with their golden splashes create a stunning contrast and add a unique charm to any garden or landscape. This resilient and adaptable plant is known for its ability to withstand various growing conditions and provide year-round interest. Expect a low-maintenance and visually captivating plant that thrives in shaded areas, making it an ideal choice for adding color and texture to gardens, borders, and containers.

Growth rate: Slow to moderate growth, typically reaches a mature height of 6-10 ft and width of 5-6 ft


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Pruning: The Gold Dust Aucuba generally requires minimal pruning. However, if desired, you can shape or remove any damaged or overgrown branches in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Regular removal of dead or yellowing leaves will help maintain the plant's appearance.

Fertilization: Feed the Gold Dust Aucuba with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to promote healthy growth and vibrant foliage. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for application rates and frequency.

Winter Protection: While the Gold Dust Aucuba is generally hardy, providing some winter protection can benefit its overall health in colder regions. Applying a layer of mulch around the base of the plant will help insulate the roots and protect them from extreme cold temperatures.


When planting the Gold Dust Aucuba, choose a location that offers partial to full shade, as excessive sunlight can cause leaf burn. The plant prefers well-draining soil enriched with organic matter. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball and place the plant, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with or slightly above the soil surface. Backfill the hole with soil, gently firming it around the base of the plant. Water thoroughly after planting to help the roots establish.

Gold Dust Aucuba thrives in partial to full shade, making it an excellent choice for areas with limited direct sunlight. It is a low to moderate water user and prefers consistently moist soil. Water the plant deeply and regularly, especially during dry periods, ensuring that the soil remains evenly moist but not waterlogged.

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USDA GROW ZONE:

Zones 7-10

Gold Dust Aucuba is typically recommended for USDA hardiness zones 7 to 10. However, it's advisable to check the specific requirements for your region and ensure it is suitable for your climate conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gold Dust Aucuba is a compact evergreen shrub that typically reaches a height of about 4 to 6 feet with a similar spread. However, its ultimate size can vary depending on growing conditions and pruning practices.

Gold Dust Aucuba is considered to be a slow to moderate grower. Under optimal conditions, it typically grows at a rate of about 6 to 12 inches per year. However, growth rate can vary depending on factors such as soil quality, sunlight exposure, and watering frequency.

The best place to plant Gold Dust Aucuba is in partial to full shade, although it can tolerate some morning sun. It prefers a location with well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Aucuba is often planted under trees or in areas with dappled sunlight, making it an excellent choice for shady spots in the garden or as a foundation planting where it can add color and texture to the landscape.

The best time to plant Gold Dust Aucuba is typically in the spring or fall when temperatures are moderate and there's sufficient moisture in the soil. Spring planting allows the shrub to establish its root system before the onset of hot summer weather, while fall planting gives it time to settle in before winter dormancy. However, in regions with milder climates, you can plant Aucuba throughout the year as long as you provide adequate care and protection from extreme conditions.

Gold Dust Aucuba thrives in temperate climates and is well-suited to USDA hardiness zones 7 through 10. It prefers mild temperatures and does best in areas with moderate humidity. While it can tolerate a range of conditions, including some cold temperatures, it may suffer damage in extremely hot or cold climates. In regions with harsh winters, providing protection from freezing temperatures and cold winds can help ensure the plant's health and vitality.

To care for Gold Dust Aucuba, consider the following guidelines:

Light: Plant in partial to full shade, as direct sunlight can scorch the leaves. However, it can tolerate some morning sun or dappled shade.

Soil: Ensure well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Aucubas prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil pH.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during hot and dry periods. However, avoid waterlogging, as Aucubas are susceptible to root rot.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring to promote healthy growth. Follow the package instructions for proper application.

Pruning: Prune as needed to maintain shape and remove any dead or damaged branches. It's best to prune in late winter or early spring before new growth emerges.

Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Avoid placing mulch directly against the stems to prevent rot.

Protection: Protect the plant from harsh winds and extreme temperatures, especially in colder climates where frost or freezing can damage the foliage.

Pests and Diseases: Aucubas are generally resistant to pests and diseases, but occasional issues like scale insects or leaf spot may occur. Monitor the plant regularly and treat any problems promptly.

By following these care tips, you can help your Gold Dust Aucuba thrive and maintain its attractive foliage throughout the year.

Gold Dust Aucuba is dioecious, meaning individual plants are either male or female. The 'Variegata' variety, often known as the Gold Dust Aucuba, typically refers to female plants that produce red berries when pollinated by nearby male Aucuba plants. Therefore, to ensure berry production, it's advisable to have both male and female plants in proximity.

Yes, Gold Dust Aucuba is a perennial evergreen shrub. Perennials are plants that live for more than two years, and Gold Dust Aucuba is known for its long lifespan when provided with suitable growing conditions. It retains its foliage throughout the year, making it an attractive option for adding color and texture to gardens or landscapes, even in colder seasons.

If your Gold Dust Aucuba leaves are turning black, it could be due to several reasons, including:

Watering Issues: Overwatering or poorly draining soil can lead to root rot, which causes the leaves to turn black as the roots are unable to absorb water and nutrients properly.

Sunburn: Aucuba plants prefer partial to full shade. Excessive exposure to direct sunlight, especially during hot afternoons, can scorch the leaves, causing them to turn black or dark brown.

Fungal Infections: Diseases such as sooty mold or black spot fungus can cause blackening of the leaves. These fungal infections often develop in humid conditions or when plants are overcrowded, and they thrive on organic matter.

Pests: Some pests, like aphids or scale insects, can secrete a sticky substance called honeydew, which attracts sooty mold fungus. If your Aucuba is infested with these pests, it could indirectly lead to blackening of the leaves due to fungal growth.

Environmental Stress: Environmental factors such as cold drafts, temperature fluctuations, or sudden changes in humidity levels can stress the plant, leading to leaf discoloration or blackening.

To address the issue, consider the following steps:

- Check the plant's watering regimen and adjust it as needed to prevent overwatering or underwatering.
- Ensure the Aucuba is situated in an appropriate location with partial to full shade to prevent sunburn.
- Monitor for signs of pests and treat them promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil if detected.
- Improve air circulation around the plant to reduce humidity levels and minimize fungal growth.
- Prune away any diseased or damaged foliage, and consider applying a fungicide if fungal infections are suspected.

Curling leaves on a Gold Dust Aucuba can be attributed to various factors, including environmental stress, pests, or diseases. Here are some common causes:

Watering Issues: Inconsistent watering or overwatering can lead to leaf curling. Ensure the plant's soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. Conversely, underwatering can also cause stress and leaf curling.

Sun Exposure: Aucubas prefer partial to full shade. Excessive sunlight exposure, especially during hot afternoons, can cause leaf curling and sunburn. Moving the plant to a location with more shade can alleviate this issue.

Pests: Certain pests like spider mites or aphids can infest Aucuba plants, causing damage to the leaves and leading to curling or distortion. Inspect the plant closely for any signs of pest infestation and treat accordingly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Diseases: Fungal infections or diseases such as leaf spot can also cause leaf curling in Aucuba plants. Ensure good air circulation around the plant and avoid overhead watering to prevent the spread of fungal spores. Prune and dispose of any affected foliage, and consider applying a fungicide if necessary.

Nutritional Deficiencies: Lack of essential nutrients, particularly magnesium or potassium, can manifest as leaf curling or discoloration. Fertilize the plant with a balanced fertilizer suitable for Aucubas to address any nutrient deficiencies.

By addressing these potential issues and providing proper care, you can help your Gold Dust Aucuba regain its health and reduce leaf curling. If problems persist despite corrective measures, consulting with a local horticulturist or garden center for further advice may be beneficial.

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!