Aralia elata
Aralia elata
Aralia elata
Aralia elata
Aralia elata
Aralia elata

Aralia elata

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(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
Full Sun, Light Shade, Shade
Eventual Size
Tree - Small (4m - 8m), Shrub - Large (3m+)
Growing Conditions
Soil: Damp/Wet, Soil: Not Fussy
Special Features
Autumn Colour, Flowers in Summer, Flowers in Autumn, Foliage - Unusual Shape

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