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Gold Dust Aucuba

Aucuba japonica 'Gold Dust'

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Gold Dust Aucuba (Aucuba japonica 'Gold Dust') at Calloway's Nursery

Aucuba japonica 'Gold Dust' foliage

Aucuba japonica 'Gold Dust' foliage

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Gold Dust Aucuba (Aucuba japonica 'Gold Dust') at Calloway's Nursery

Aucuba japonica 'Gold Dust'

Aucuba japonica 'Gold Dust'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Description:

This stunning evergreen solves the problem of the most shaded garden areas and adds eye catching color; flowers and berries are not really noticable; ideal as a dense screen; drought tolerant once established; protect from cold winter winds

Ornamental Features

Gold Dust Aucuba has attractive yellow-spotted dark green foliage. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Gold Dust Aucuba is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Gold Dust Aucuba is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Gold Dust Aucuba will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
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Ornamental Features