Aucuba Japonica Crotonifolia


Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia,’ commonly known as the Gold Dust Plant or Spotted Laurel, is a striking evergreen shrub that adds year-round beauty to gardens and landscapes. Its distinctively variegated leaves feature glossy green surfaces speckled with bright yellow spots, creating a visually captivating display.

Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’ is a versatile and low-maintenance shrub that can be a standout feature in your garden or as an attractive potted plant. With proper care, it will continue to exhibit its vibrant variegation and brighten your outdoor landscape.

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Care Instructions:

  • Light: Plant the Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’ in a location with bright, indirect light or dappled shade. It can tolerate some morning sun but should be shielded from harsh afternoon sunlight.

  • Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water deeply when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry to the touch. Reduce watering in the winter months.

  • Temperature: This plant is quite hardy and can tolerate a range of temperatures. However, it thrives in a moderate climate with temperatures between 50°F to 75°F (10°C to 24°C).

  • Soil: Use well-draining, loamy soil enriched with organic matter. A slightly acidic to neutral pH is preferred.

  • Fertilization: Feed with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring and early summer. Avoid excessive fertilization, as it can lead to overgrowth and reduced variegation.

  • Pruning: Prune the plant as needed to shape it or remove any damaged or unruly growth. Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’ can be grown as both a shrub and a hedge.

  • Pests and Diseases: While it is relatively pest and disease-resistant, keep an eye out for common garden pests like aphids or scale insects and address any issues promptly.

  • Propagation: Propagate through stem cuttings taken in the spring or early summer. Provide bottom heat to encourage rooting.

  • Container: If growing in a container, ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent overwatering.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Plant Info

Easy to care for, Interesting leaf pattern, Low maintenance, outdoor, Shrub


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