Plant of the Month - November 2019
Gold Dust Plant (Aucuba japonica) is also known as Japanese Laurel or Japanese Aucuba. This eye-catching shrub has broad green leaves generously splashed with yellow-gold markings. Plants reach a height of 6-10 feet and can be grown in shady areas of the garden or in containers. Leaf color is brightest in deeper shade. Partial shade is tolerated, but too much sun can result in burned leaves. Small, insignificant flowers may be followed by bright red berries when male and female plants are grown in close proximity. Gold Dust Plant grows slowly and rarely needs pruning. It likes mild temperatures and soil that is rich and moist, but well-drained. It tolerates coastal conditions and is useful as a hedge or for erosion control, as well as an accent shrub. It is recommended to avoid planting in areas where children play, as all parts of the plant are toxic.