The Lovely Plants

Aucuba japonica Variegata: The Gold Dust Plant

Gold Dust Plant (Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’) is an evergreen ornamental shrub from temperate regions of Asia. Known for its glossy-green foliage with bright-yellow spots and ornamental berries, the Gold Dust plant is just perfect plant for beginners. It is quite easy to maintain and grows almost in any climate and condition. Good for container as well as garden landscape, Gold Dust plant grows up to 3 meters and produces dense foliage. It can tolerate drought and survive is spots where sunlight does not penetrate well. Thus, it can easily fill in dark and tough spaces in your garden.

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata', Image by Kaustav Bhattacharya

Gold Dust plant originally belongs to a family of shrubs and small trees. Like Gold Dust, almost all species of this genus are easily propagated from cuttings. These ornamental plants are usually pruned and shaped for using as border plants, hedges, ornamental pot plants or even as colorful topiary shapes.

Gold Dust plant (Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’) is a cultivar of Aucuba japonica. It is best grown in a well-drained and rich soil. The plant prefers regular watering and produce quite insignificant flowers; female plants produce ornamental berries.