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.

Aucuba Japonica ‘Variegata | Gold Dust Plant

Aucuba Japonica Variegata 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. 

Gold Dust Plant Care

Here are tips to taking care of your Aucuba Japonica Variegata.

Lighting Preferences

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.


This plant adapts well to most soil except waterlogged soil. We recommend using potting soil and adding perlite or similar.

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.

Poison Information

The Gold dust plant has a level 2 poison level. Read more about poison levels HERE.

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