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Aucuba japonica 'Ooba Nakafu'

Plant Type:


Aucuba japonica 'Ooba Nakafu' - Golden flames light each leaf center surrounded by green margins. This is a handsome cultivar that reminds us of 'Picturata' with a difference: there is much golden spotting upon the green on all leaf margins in 'Picturata' whereas the leaf edges 'Ooba Nakafu' are a generous solid deep dark green, the contrast beautiful, clean and rich. Please note that there may be some reversion occurring from time to time on this cultivar - just cut them out. Very late day or early morning sun is fine with dappled to open shade during the mid-late morning through most of the afternoon. Draining fertile soil. Established potted Aucuba from cutting.


60 in


60 in


(6b)7 to 9
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Characteristics and Attributes for Aucuba japonica 'Ooba Nakafu'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade


  • Hedge
  • Border
  • Foliage
  • Woodland
  • Foundation
  • Evergreen
  • Shrub Border
  • Cutting Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Fertile
  • Organic
  • Acid


  • Japan

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Aucuba

The Japanese Aucuba now comes in many different forms. They are very useful broadleaf evergreens where they can be grown making beautiful hedges, components in foundation gardens or in mixed company. They prefer siting in dappled to fully open shade but can tolerate some morning sun. Winter shade is a basic need for healthier looking foliage; winter sun can wash out foliage making the leaves look sickly. All Aucubas prefer fertile draining soil with added organic matter. They can tolerate some drought once established. All of the following cultivars are cutting grown.