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Aucuba japonica 'Mr. Goldstrike'

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Aucuba (AWK-yoo-bah) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mr. Goldstrike

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive thinkinonit On Aug 24, 2011, thinkinonit from Norfolk, VA wrote:

Great plant for a tropical feel. I purchased a home in Norfolk VA that has this plant growing in a partial shaded area. I pruned back some surrounding shrubs and noticed the leaves were sunscortched within days on this plant. I now will be propagating it and will try to move it as well to a more shady location in the yard. It is been there for at least 5 years I was told by a neighbor and it seems to grow well and winter well here in VA. My soil is slightly acidic and it does not seem to bother this plant. Very pretty yellow spotted foliage is great contrast to most deep green plants.

Positive cinziao On Jul 11, 2011, cinziao wrote:

I purchased mr. Goldstrike acuba 8 years ago from a nursery in Rhode Island, I was hesitant since I live in zone 5b, 12 miles west of Boston MA.
It has done beautifully and since have purchased 4 more. I have it in mostly shade and it seems to thrive.
although it does get some winter burn it recovers very well. I love it for the foliage, color and ease!

Positive Zzdog On Jul 11, 2011, Zzdog from Stamford, CT (Zone 9a) wrote:

Although zoned for more southerly climates in shade i find that this plant does quite well here ,, I have seen 10' tall ones in slightly open shade southern exposures in New Rochelle NY, and grew with up than all over in Brooklyn , New York

I planted one several winters ago here in Stamford CT..on a dappled shade southern exposure which gets quite a bit of sun through out the day and it doing fine ,,it went thru a winter with temps of -10 with burlp thrown over it without damage and last winter i didn't protect it and it did just fine .
they will burn if in hot full sun .. but i think further North a little sun helps them

I feel this plant can be planted beyond Zone 7 successfully in many cases ,

Positive nick89 On May 8, 2005, nick89 from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Large, fast-growing shrub to 10 or 15 feet. Loves shade but seems to do best with some sun. Similar to 'Variegata' but with more yellow on the leaves.

Neutral smiln32 On Jan 17, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very slow growing shrub. Flowers are very small. Must have a male and female plant to get the berries. Pest problems include nematodes. Must have well drained soil or the roots will rot.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

New Market, Alabama (2 reports)
Norwalk, California
San Jose, California
Stamford, Connecticut
Wilmington, Delaware
Savannah, Georgia
Saint Francisville, Louisiana
Millersville, Maryland
Needham, Massachusetts
South Beach, Oregon
Malvern, Pennsylvania
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Nashville, Tennessee
Norfolk, Virginia
Vienna, West Virginia

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