The Aukube, orange cherry or sometimes also called butcher palm, is a thick-stemmed shrub with evergreen, fleshy leaves. In addition, this variety has leaves that are irregularly shaped, yellow and speckled.
Due to the large, fleshy leaves, the Aukube should be placed in a semi-shady location, for example in combination with other evergreen trees such as cherry laurel or lavender heather, in order to loosen up the leaves and make the bed more interesting. Whole hedges are also possible in a temperate climate. Then the shrub can reach its final height of about 1.5 – 2.5 m.
A second point of contrast are the bright red fruits that form in late summer and remain on the bush until next spring. However, caution is required when it comes to winter hardiness. Winter protection is necessary in dry, cold areas, although the cultivar is hardier and hardier than the simple, green-leaved species.
Location: In order to promote the winter hardiness of the orange cherry, it should be given a sheltered and partially shaded to lightly shaded place on humus-rich, well-drained soil from the outset.