A deciduous species native to North America, Aralia spinosa is similar in some respects to Aralia elata, with ornamental bright green, bi-pinnate leaves.
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A deciduous species native to North America, Aralia spinosa is similar in some respects to Aralia elata, with ornamental bright green, bi-pinnate leaves. These leaves are large and turn shades of deep golden-yellow before falling in autumn.
The stems are covered with many sturdy spines, giving rise to the evocative common name. In late summer this has large, showy flower panicles once established. Aralia spinosa is an unusual and fascinating garden plant!
- Position: Warm, full sun or shade in a position sheltered from strong winds.
- Soil: Any well drained, fertile soil.
- Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. The young foliage can be damaged by late frost and this is best planted in a position out of early morning sunlight.
- Flowering Period: August - September
- Flower Colour: White
- Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate
- Habit: Aralia spinosa grows to large shrub or small branching tree.
- Height: up to 6 m (20 ft)
- Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
- Notes: Aralia spinosa can sucker and these should be gently removed yearly to keep the Aralia growing with a single stem if required.
- How Much Sun
- 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: Acid, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy
- Special Features
- Autumn Colour, Flowering Season - Summer (June - August), Ornamental Bark / Colourful Winter Stems
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