The Japanese Aucuba is a shrub commonly called Gold Dust because of the gold flecks which adorn the dark green leaves. The small red berries are toxic and cause symptoms such as nausea and vomiting when ingested. It bears small 4-parted flowers which are a deep purple/maroon color.
Common Name: Aucuba, Spotted Laurel, Gold Dust
Type: perennial evergreen shrub
Native Range: China, Taiwan, southern Japan
Zone: 7 - 9
Height: 6 ft. - 10 ft.
Spread: 5 ft. - 9 ft.
Bloom Time: late winter/early spring
Bloom Description: purple
Sun: full/partial shade
Water: water regularly
Maintenance: average maintenance needs
Flower: small, inconspicuous
Leaf: leathery, rounded leaves
Fruit: small berry, TOXIC
Other: plant is toxic if ingested
Tolerates: heavy shade, clay soil