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Gold Dust Aucuba

A Must Have for the Shade Garden!

  • Sprinkled with golden, fairy dust!
  • Add a Unique look to your landscape
  • Use under shade trees where nothing else will grow
  • Perfect in containers as a house or patio plant
  • Easy to grow - just water when it dries out!
  • Drought and Deer tolerant AND Pest and Disease resistant
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Regular Price: $59.99

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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!

 

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
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
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Green
Botanical Name Aucuba japonica

How To 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.

 

Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.  

 

Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 1-2 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

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 shipping map below.  Please note that shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  

West coast orders on plants will be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex, UPS, or USPS.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when the carrier 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.

FREE SHIPPING on orders $99
Shipping charges on orders under $99 are calculated at checkout based on your location.

Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant! 

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Very pleased with my order
The Aucuba plants came well packaged and in good condition. They are of a good size and seem to be establishing themselves in the ground.
March 10, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
Very pleased!
I bought seven of these, and all were somewhat droopy when I unboxed them. I planted them immediately using the instructions on this website, and the very next day all seven shrubs looked happy once again. One week later, all the shrubs appear to be taking in and growing.
April 19, 2017
Difficult find
I searched the internet to purchase japanese laurel and this is the only company that i found that had them in stock at a good price and in 1 gal. containers. Plants arrived in great condition, especially being they were ordered at the end of the season. There was plenty of foliage and some new growth, they have been in the ground a couple of weeks now and are already thriving. I would not hesitate to order from this company again
September 18, 2017
Purchased
4 weeks ago
Awesome!!
EXCELLENT packing!! Healthy green plants!!
May 22, 2017
Purchased
4 months ago
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difficult to find elsewhere
ROSE ANN M on Aug 21, 2017
I have an area in the front yard along the sidewalk and under a huge, mature tree that has been a challenge. I've tried many plants here, over the years, but they all die. Because of the placement of the tree, when I water the lawn the tree blocks this area from getting water, so by the time I remember that I have to make a special effort, the plants die. The Gold Dust Aucuba appears to do well in drought areas, and is perfect for the shade. Fingers crossed that it survives my yard.
Debra S on Aug 5, 2017
difficult to find elsewhere
ROSE ANN M on Aug 21, 2017
There are too many opinions in the world. So, I offer none, thank you.
Robert D on Aug 7, 2017
I have an area in the front yard along the sidewalk and under a huge, mature tree that has been a challenge. I've tried many plants here, over the years, but they all die. Because of the placement of the tree, when I water the lawn the tree blocks this area from getting water, so by the time I remember that I have to make a special effort, the plants die. The Gold Dust Aucuba appears to do well in drought areas, and is perfect for the shade. Fingers crossed that it survives my yard.
Debra S on Aug 5, 2017
this plant is hard to find in our area. only one nursery has it and it is far from where we live in the Texa hill country. this plant grows great, loves shade and is colorful. we have quite a few and wanted to add some more to our landscaping. we got down to 17 degrees this past winter (one night) and the plants did fine. they also tolerate heat, just not direct sun. we also have deer around and the deer leave these alone.
sandra j on Jul 13, 2017
Grows well in shade/gold dust features
Norma W on Jul 8, 2017
Colorful yet performs well in the shade.
Angel S on Apr 10, 2017
Looking for an attractive shrub for shade in Zone 9B.
Lynn H on Feb 24, 2017
Shade and tough
JOHN L on Feb 5, 2017
There are too many opinions in the world. So, I offer none, thank you.
Robert D on Aug 7, 2017
this plant is hard to find in our area. only one nursery has it and it is far from where we live in the Texa hill country. this plant grows great, loves shade and is colorful. we have quite a few and wanted to add some more to our landscaping. we got down to 17 degrees this past winter (one night) and the plants did fine. they also tolerate heat, just not direct sun. we also have deer around and the deer leave these alone.
sandra j on Jul 13, 2017
My indoor gold dust acuba is almost 5 ft tall but has lost all leaves for about 1 ft above soil and is unattractive. Can I cut off about 3/4 of bare stem and will it put out more roots from what stem remains ? Thank you
Jean T on Nov 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It may... They tend to loose their lower leaves and branches as they mature. It may be stretching for light.
Can I shape this plant?
A shopper on Dec 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can prune it however you like. It will keep to a more natural form.
What flowering plants mix well in beds with it?
Olivia E on Jun 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The best flowering plants for shady areas would be liriope, heuchera, hosta, and daylilies.
how tall is the seeding?
A shopper on Jun 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 1 foot on the 1 gallon and 2-3 feet on the 3 gallon.
MY neighbor has this shrub/bush. I have admired for years, if I cut off a limb will I be able to root?
A shopper on Apr 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, if you cut a few inches from the new growth tip of the plant, you can root it in water.
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