Plant Care Gold Dust Plant

Gold Dust Plant

4.4 out of 5 (5 experiences)

Gold Dust Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Gold Dust Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Gold Dust Plant

Spotted laurel is a woody, broadleaf, evergreen shrub with variegated leaves. It is native to East Asia and Japan, but has become well adapted to the Southeastern United States. It grows 6 to 10 feet tall, unless pruned shorter. It can be propagated by seed or stem cutting.


Aucuba japonica

Also known as

Japanese Laurel, Japanese Laurel, Spotted laurel, Japanese aucuba and Gold dust plant

How to care for Gold Dust Plant


How often to water your Gold Dust Plant

Water needs for Gold Dust Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Gold Dust Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Gold Dust Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size


Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Select a city to check sunlight intensity

Finding light for Japanese Laurel in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Gold Dust Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Gold Dust Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Gold Dust Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Gold Dust Plant in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Gold Dust Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Gold Dust Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Gold Dust Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Gold Dust Plant is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Gold Dust Plant

Gold Dust Plant

Gold Dust Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Gold Dust Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Gold Dust Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Gold Dust Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Teapott73 avatar
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 2,925 XP

I noticed clovers growing in this pot. After researching 🥸clovers advantages and disadvantages, it appears the soils PH level is off balance. Ooh no,, Shakira’s soil maybe lacking nitrogen 🥺. I’m sure that other have gone through a similar situation. Did you keep or pull the clover?? I’m leaning towards pulling them because it is such a beautiful plant. Can someone share the best fertilizer supplement to rectify this problem.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Kynleet_230 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 86 XP
globe Angleton, TX


Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

Trending in your area

Similar to Gold Dust Plant

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in