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AUCUBA GOLD DUST
Gold Dust Aucuba is one of the most popular variegated forms of Aucuba. Leaves are large, leathery, and dark green in color. Gold Dust Aucuba is a great choice for even the shadiest of landscapes because it is extremely shade tolerant it is slow-growing, evergreen shrub that eventually tops out at 6 to 10 feet tall and about 4 to 6 feet wide. It forms a dense, rounded to oval form, and is hardy in USDA zones 7 to 10. It prefers partial to full shade and well-drained, moist, highly organic soil. Underneath deciduous trees is not a good place as the plant needs shade in the winter as well as in the summer. Leaves exposed to sun will turn black. Aucuba is tolerant of pollution, salt, drought, and coastal conditions. Pruning, if needed, should be done in spring before growth begins. Any pruned branches can be used for rooting new plants, for they strike roots easily, even in water.