Dwarf Gold Dust Aucuba
Aucuba japonica 'Dwarf Gold Dust'
Dwarf Gold Dust Aucuba foliage
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Height: 4 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6a
Other Names: Spotted Laurel, Japanese Laurel
This stunning evergreen solves the problem of the most shaded garden areas and adds eye catching color; flowers and berries are not really noticeable; perfect for smaller spaces; drought tolerant once established; protect from cold winter winds
Dwarf Gold Dust Aucuba has attractive yellow-spotted dark green foliage with hints of creamy white. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Dwarf 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.
Dwarf Gold Dust Aucuba is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Dwarf Gold Dust Aucuba will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. 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.
Dwarf Gold Dust Aucuba makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.