(Japanese Angelica-tree) A plant native to parts of Eastern Asia, Aralia elata has huge, bi-pinnate leaves which can be up to 100 - 125 cm long on an established plants.
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A plant native to parts of Eastern Asia, including Japan, China and Korea, Aralia elata has huge, bi-pinnate leaves which can be up to 100 - 125 cm long on an established plants. The intriguing stems are covered with large thorns and in late summer, very ornamental, creamy-white flower panicles open.
Aralia elata is very suitable to larger gardens or woodland areas as it will generally sucker and eventually form an established thicket with great architectural quality!
- Position: Full sun or shade in a position sheltered from strong winds.
- Soil: Any well drained, fertile soil. Aralia elata is tolerant of nutritionally poor soil.
- Hardiness: Hardy. The young foliage can be damaged by late frost and Aralia elata is best planted in a position out of early morning sunlight.
- Flowering Period: August - September
- Flower Colour: Creamy white
- Rate of Growth: Moderate to vigorous.
- Habit: Aralia elata grows to be a large branching, spreading shrub.
- Height: up to 5 m (16 ft)
- Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Notes: We have a specimen of Aralia elata, planted in the arboretum surrounding our nursery. It is 12 years old, has suckered to form a thicket (4 m diameter)of single stems, each around 3 - 4 m tall. These suckers can be removed yearly to keep the Aralia growing with a single stem if required.
- How Much Sun
- Shade, Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
- Mature Size
- Shrub - Large (over 10 ft tall), Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Damp / Wet
- Special Features
- Autumn Colour, Flowering Season - Autumn (September - November), Flowering Season - Summer (June - August), Leaf Shape - Unusual or Large