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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
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How Different? It is a gold foliage form of A. cordata.
Landscape Value It forms an excellent bold accent in shade or part shade.
Most Active Growing Season
Persistence Deciduous
Size (HT/W/FL HT) 48" / 48" / 48"
Soil (Garden) Prefers a good deep loam.
Water (Garden) Prefers moist, well drained soil.
Special Uses
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.
Water (Greenhouse) Dry moderately between waterings.
EC 0.5 – 1.0
pH 5.0 – 7.4
Fertility Needs 100 ppm
Finish Time to 4″ 4 – 6 weeks
Finish Time to Gallon
Day Length for Flowering Day Neutral
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