Aucuba Japonica ‘Variegata | Gold Dust Plant

Aucuba Japonica ‘Variegata | Gold Dust Plant

The Aucuba Japonica Variegata, otherwise known as the Gold Dust Plant is characterized by the gold colored speckles on the leaves. This plant originated in Asia.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Aucuba Japonica Variegata

Nicknames: Gold Dust Plant

Origin: Asia

Size: The size of Aucuba Japonica Variegata varies from 6 inches to over 10 feet tall, the leaves can be as large as 8 inches. 

Plant Care

Lighting: This plant requires shaded light to have brighter leaves. If the plant receives too much sunlight, the leaves will turn black.

Watering: Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant.

Fertilizing: Use an acid-based fertilizer in the spring.

Temperature: This plant survives in mild temperatures hardiness zones 7b through 10.

Humidity: Aucuba Japonica Variegata prefers high humidity when in temperatures above 73 *F.

Soil: This plant adapts well to most soil except waterlogged soil.

Pruning: Cut this plant at the leaf joints in the spring. Be careful when pruning this plant so that the shrub is not damaged.

Propagation: Use plant cuttings.

Potential Problems: This plant does not have many pest or disease problems. Gold dust plants are; however, sensitive to being over-watered.


  • Scale Insects


  • Root Rot

Poison Information: Poisonous, Level 2