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Spotted Laurel 'Gold Dust'

Aucuba japonica 'Gold Dust'

Also known as

Japanese Laurel 'Gold Dust', Japanese Aucuba 'Gold Dust', Japanese aucuba

Aucuba japonica Gold Dust NBG LR by PumpkinSky (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Spotted Laurel 'Gold Dust' Overview

Aucuba japonica 'Gold dust' is an evergreen shrub species in the Garryaceae family. This cultivar has attractive speckled foliage coloured in rich golden yellow and dark green. Leaves are waxy and have toothed edges. Small, non-showy purple flowers are usually produced in the summer followed by red, glossy berries. This species is dioecious, therefore it produces individual male and female flowers on separate plants. This plant is a good choice for hedging or screening due to its thick foliage. It may also be grown as a free-standing shrub for its ornamental value. This cultivar grows well in most soils, with the exception of waterlogged soils, allow to dry out between waterings to reduce chances of root rot.

Common problems with Spotted Laurel 'Gold Dust'

Generally pest free.

How to propagate Spotted Laurel 'Gold Dust'


Semi-ripe cuttings.

Special features of Spotted Laurel 'Gold Dust'

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant

Other uses of Spotted Laurel 'Gold Dust'

Foliage, border, hedging, indoors