The gold dust plant (Aucuba Japonica) is an evergreen shrub native to forests. It grows well in USDA hardiness zones 6a – 10b, but you can also thrive indoors with proper care. Its glossy, green leaves are speckled with gold and have a striking appearance. The stem is thin and spindly; if you allow the plant to grow tall, the stem will have to be staked.

Outdoors, the plant can grow up to 10 feet tall. As a houseplant it should be pruned to the desired height. Although slow-growing, the plant can get leggy, so it must be constantly pruned in the spring to keep its size under control.

God Dust Plant Care sheet

Alternate names: spotted laurel, Japanese laurel, gold dust plant.

Gold dust plant care guide - growthLight Requirements

This beautiful plant needs bright but filtered light and a somewhat cool room temperature to thrive. I once put my plant outdoors in bright sun and it lost every single leaf!

However, the good news is, this is the only big mistake you could make in your gold dust plant care routine. If you keep it away from sunlight, you’re golden!

How Often Should you Water it?

The Aucuba japonica should be kept in slightly moist soil and watered once or twice per week during the growing season, depending on temperature and dryness.

Gold dust plant care guide - propagationBest Soil for Aucuba Japonica

A well-draining, organic potting soil is the right medium for gold dust plant care.


You can fertilize the gold dust plant once per month in the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer.


If you wish to propagate the plant, water is not the best medium.

Take a cutting, remove the lower leaves from the cutting and root it in soil mixed with vermiculite and peat moss, making sure that the leaves are above the soil.

Water and place the pot in a plastic bag to mimic a greenhouse effect and keep it away from direct sunlight.

Mist the plant as necessary to keep the soil moist.


Shade to bright, filtered light


Rich and well-draining


About the Author - Gail Edwards

I have been a fan of indoor plants for over 40 yearsand have over 60 plants in my home. I bought my first plant, a Schefflera, when I was a teenager and slowly began collecting and propagating different varieties of plants. Now that I am retired, I also devote time to an outdoor flower garden and a vegetable garden in the summer months. I live in Canada where the


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