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Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Sun King Japanese Spikenard, Golden Japanese Spikenard

Main interest:
tropical looking foliage, green-yellow all summer, attracts bees
partial to full shade
Soil humidity:
moist soil
Growth type:
Flower colour:
Mildly fragrant
Flowering period:
July to September
yellow-green leaves with reddish brown stems
USDA Hardiness:
zone 3a: -40 °C (-40 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 3 ft (0.9 m) width: 3 ft (0.9 m)
border, accent, containers, specimen

Add the Golden Japanese Spikenard or Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’ for something uniquely different in your garden. This tropical looking shrub emerges mid-spring with bright gold compound leaves with contrasting reddish brown stems. If given at least a few hours of sun a day, the foliage will remain yellow all summer. In heavier shade, the foliage ranges from chartreuse to lime green. In mid to late summer, the interest continues with 2’ tall spikes of tiny white flowers. Which are followed by deep purplish black, inedible berries.

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Also known as: Japanese Asparagus, Udo

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