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Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'

(Gold Dust Japanese Aucuba)

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Quick Overview:

‘Variegata’, sometimes commonly called gold dust Aucuba, is a cultivar whose green leaves are attractively and irregularly variegated with yellow spots and blotches. Foliage color can vary considerably depending on the amount of sun exposure. Best foliage colors generally occur in part shade locations. Yellow spots on the deep green leaves may fade in too much shade. On the other hand, green leaf color may fade to various shades of yellow sometimes with accompanying foliage burn in full sun locations. Excellent large red berries in winter.


Plants need significant amounts of shade in hot summer climates (young leaves will often burn in full sun). Established plants have very good drought tolerance. Plants tolerate average to nutritionally poor soils. Plants also tolerate most city air pollutants. Avoid overly moist to wet soils. Site in locations protected from strong winds, particularly near the northern edge of the growing range. Plants will generally tolerate temperatures to -5 degrees F., which means they may survive in some Zone 6 plantings particularly in sheltered locations.

Additional Information

Common Name Gold Dust Japanese Aucuba
Botanical Name Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'
Container/Amount 3 gallon
Plant Category Shrub
Evergreen or Deciduous Evergreen
Hardiness Zone 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Height 6 to 10 ft.
Width 5 to 10 ft.
Growth Rate Average
Light Requirements Part-shade, Shade
Soil Condition Well-drained
Water Needs Low
Blooming Period March-April
Flower Color insignificant
Fragrance No
Foliage Color variegated green/gold
Berry Color red
Deer Resistant No

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