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Aralia ‘Sun King’

With leaves that are as big and bold as the sun, this beautiful gold form of Aralia makes an outstanding accent in the shade or part shade. Fast growing and deciduous. Small clusters of white, satellite-like flowers in late summer are followed by purple berries. Performs well in containers or in the landscape. Fast to fill a pot.

USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 3-9
Size (HT/W/FL HT): 48″ / 48″ / 48″
Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time(s): August, September

Common Name Golden aralia
Family Araliaceae
species cordata
Plant Type
Persistence Deciduous
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Size (HT/W/FL HT) 48" / 48" / 48"
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Soil Prefers a good deep loam.
pH 5.0 - 7.4
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Nutritional Needs 100 ppm
Dormancy Winter
Water (Greenhouse) Dry moderately between waterings.
Water (Garden) Prefers moist, well drained soils.
How Different? It is a gold foliage form of A. cordata.
Landscape Value It forms an excellent bold accent in shade or part shade.
Finish Time to 4" 4 - 6 weeks
Comments Shelter from strong winds which may damage the large leaves. Udo or Japanese asparagus are other common names. The young stems are blanched and eaten like asparagus in Japan. They have a lemony flavor. Can grow to 6' tall in good conditions. Dormant plants are hardy to about -25° C. Protect new growth from last spring frost.
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