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.
Aucuba Japonica Variegata Plant Information
Botanical Name: Aucuba Japonica Variegata
Nicknames: Gold Dust Plant
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.
Gold Dust Plant Care
Here are tips to taking care of your Aucuba Japonica Variegata.
This plant requires shaded light to have brighter leaves. If the plant receives too much sunlight, the leaves will turn black.
Watering The Gold Dust Plant
Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant.
Fertilizing the Gold Dust Plant
Use an acid-based fertilizer in the spring.
This plant survives in mild temperatures hardiness zones 7b through 10.
Aucuba Japonica Variegata prefers high humidity when in temperatures above 73 *F.
Pruning the Gold Dust Plant
Cut this plant at the leaf joints in the spring. Be careful when pruning this plant so that the shrub is not damaged.
How to Propagate the Aucuba Japonica Variegata
One of the most common and effective ways to propagate the gold dust plant is by using plant cuttings. Learn more about propagating with plant cuttings HERE.
Potential Problems with the Gold Dust Plant
This plant does not have many pests or disease problems. Gold dust plants are; however, sensitive to being over-watered. Learn more about over-watering HERE.
Here is a list of common pests for the gold dust plant.
- Scale Insects
Here is a list of common diseases for the gold dust plant.