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Gold Dust Aucuba

Aucuba japonica 'Gold Dust'

Gold Dust Aucuba


Aucuba is a natural for informal plantings, while the dense, compact form makes it useful as a freestanding specimen in small areas. Only female plants bear red berries in fall and winter, provided there is a male plant close by. Aucuba makes a nice houseplant, and it performs well in a container in the shade.

Use and Management

Aucuba is a great shrub for planting under pines or other tall trees and does well along the foundation on the north side of a building. It prefers a rich, sandy loam with some organic matter but they adapt successfully to a heavier soil as long as drainage is good. They are best when in mass, planted close together because they grow so slowly. Plant 2 to 3 feet apart for the best landscape effect.

Additional Characteristics

  • Low maintenance
  • Coarse texture
  • Slow growth
  • Likes shade but will take some sun


  • Typically planted in 1, 3, and 5 gal containers.

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