It is almost impossible to find attractive plants that grow in shade! We know! That is why we have added the lovely Gold Dust Aucuba to our inventory! You guys need options, and we are constantly looking for the best plants for all environments!
Sprinkled with golden, fairy dust atop oblong, shiny green leaves, the Gold Dust Aucuba is a real gem for the shade garden. A beautiful, variegated look up close and a lovely blend of yellow-green from a distance, both stand out in the landscape. You will love the great color and unique texture this evergreen shrub adds to your landscape!
You have finally found something perfect for under shade trees where nothing else will grow! The Gold Dust Aucuba is drought tolerant so it won't even mind your large, shade tree stealing most of the water! This plant thrives in the shade, yes, even complete shade! Use in foundation plantings around your home. The Gold Dust Aucuba is the perfect excuse to start a shade garden or add a plant in that shady bare spot where you thought nothing would grow!
This plant grows in warmer zones 7 - 10. However, this is an excellent house or patio plant for any zone!
Plant in full to part shade, avoiding afternoon sun. Too much sun can cause leaf scorch. The Gold Dust Plant adapts to different soil types as long as they drain well. Water deeply once or twice weekly when newly planted. Once established this evergreen shrub is very drought tolerant. Fertilize with a balanced, slow release fertilizer (like the one we sell) in spring. You do not need to prune this plant, but the Aucuba tolerates pruning well. Severe pruning should be done in spring prior to new growth emerging. Minor pruning can be done anytime of the year. This plant is resistant to insects and disease and tolerant of deer, heat, and pollution.
Start your very own Shade Garden today with the Gold Dust Plant!
|Grows in Zones||6, 7, 8, 9, 10|
|Indoor/Patio Hardiness Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11|
|Sunlight||Shade, Part Shade|
|Soil Type||Adaptable, Well-drained|
|Mature Height||6-8 Feet|
|Mature Width||5-6 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Aucuba japonica|
Questions and Answers
Planting & Care
How to Plant & Care for Your new Gold Dust Aucuba
Plant in full to part shade, avoiding afternoon sun. Too much sun can cause leaf scorch. The Gold Dust Plant adapts to different soil types as long as they drain well. Water deeply once or twice weekly when newly planted. Once established this evergreen shrub is very drought tolerant. Fertilize with a balanced, slow release fertilizer in spring. You do not need to prune this plant, but the Aucuba tolerates pruning well. Severe pruning should be done in spring prior to new growth emerging. Minor pruning can be done anytime of the year. This plant is resistant to insects and disease and tolerant of deer, heat, and pollution.
This plant grows in warmer zones 7 - 10. However this is an excellent house or patio plant for any zone! When growing in a container, be sure that water is draining well and that you fertilize more often that with a plant in the ground. A balanced, slow release fertilizer should be used 3 or 4 times per year.
Landscape Ideas for your Gold Dust Aucuba
The Gold Dust Plant is perfect for adding color, texture and a unique look to any shady spot. Plant under shade trees where nothing else will grow! Lovely in foundation plantings around your home. Take care to avoid afternoon sun or leaf scorch can result. The Gold Dust Aucuba is the perfect excuse for starting a shade garden. Grow in containers as a house or patio plant.
Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.
Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.
Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil. Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.
Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.
Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.
Finish up by mulching around your new plant. Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.
Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.
Shipping and Delivery
Most orders ship next business day. Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping. View the Fedex shipping map below. Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed. West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants. Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.
You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment. Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives. As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.
How much is shipping? Add all of your items to the cart. At checkout, your shipping price to ship your order will be displayed.
Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant! We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure you package will also be delivered on a Saturday.
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