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How to Grow Aucuba Japonica Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Gold Dust Plant / Japanese laurel /Long-leaved spotted Laurel

Long-leaved spotted laurel

Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' photograph by Leonora (Ellie) Enking.


Aucuba japonica Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Aucuba japonica
  • Common Name: Gold dust plant, Japanese aucuba, Japanese laurel, Long-leaved spotted laurel,
  • Growing Zone: USA: 7 to 10
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Indoor Plant, Shrub

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 48 to 72
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 36 to 72
  • Time of Bloom: Spring
  • Flower Details: Red
  • Leaf Foliage: Green, Variegated
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Oval, Rounded, Upright or erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: shade to partial shade partial sun
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Propagate from semi-ripe cuttings or Seed
  • How to Prune: Requires little to no pruning. In some cases hard pruning can be disruptive.
  • Pests: Usually pest free
  • Diseases: Usually pest free outdoors

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Heavy Shade, Clay Soil, Air Pollution
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container, Foundation, En masse , Specimen, Woodland garden
  • Family: Garryaceae
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms
  • Genus Detail: Aucuba
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here



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