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Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' (Gold-dust plant)

Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ Photo/Illustration: David Cavagnaro

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' ah-KEW-bah jah-PON-ih-kah Common Name: Gold-dust plant Genus: Aucuba
The dense, glossy foliage of this evergreen plant is splattered with yellow. Gold-dust plant can be planted near nearby tree roots, and it responds well to pruning. Combine it with yellow-blooming or variegated plants for appealing color harmonies. -Debra Lee Baldwin, Regional Picks: Southern California, Fine Gardening issue #127
Noteworthy characteristics: Poisonous.
Care: Plant in average, well-drained soil.
Propagation: From cuttings.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Tolerance Deer Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Foliage Color Evergreen;Variegated Foliage
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Poisonous
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Shrubs

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