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'Sun King' Golden Japanese Spikenard Aralia cordata

(3 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Part Shade to Shade

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
36" 36"
Height
30 - 36"
Spread
30 - 36"

This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 9

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
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  • Details

    Features

    A unique golden-leafed plant for the shade. The color will be brighter yellow in part sun, and more chartreuse or lime green in full shade. Tiny white flowers. After blooming, deep purplish black, inedible berries.

    Produces Berries
    Foliage Interest
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Perennial
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    30 - 36 Inches
    Spacing: 
    30 - 36 Inches
    Spread: 
    30 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Flower Shade: 
    White
    Foliage Colors: 
    Yellow
    Foliage Shade: 
    Bright golden yellow to chartreuse
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Shade to Shade
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Needs Good Drainage
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Fertile Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Acidic Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Neutral Soil
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Maintenance Notes: 

    This unique perennial grows best in part to light shade, though if given consistent moisture it can also grow in full sun. It prefers richly organic, deep loamy soil that is moist but well-drained. This plant is not drought tolerant. It typically dies back to the ground in winter and re-emerges in spring to quickly form a shrub-like clump.

    'Sun King' Aralia cordata
  • 3 Reviews

    • One of the best perennials for dappled shade and deer resistant in my garden. I had a beautiful hosta collection that has been devastated by our local deer herd. Replacing many hosta with aralia and carex. Aralia is slow to emerge in spring but useful in helping to hide dying foliage of spring bulbs. Grows well under my mature Betula 'Heritage' river birches together with bleeding hearts and dwarf aruncus. I have five Aralia 'Sun King'plants and plan to purchase more for another area of my garden.

      April Kline
      Pennsylvania
      United States
      14 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • I'm in love with this plant although I need to make way for it. Much bigger than I anticipated. Beautiful bright foliage for a part sun border. I bought a second one which gets more sun and it is not as prolific so I plan to move it.

      Tanya Tenkarian
      New Hampshire
      United States
      15 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • This is an outstanding large scale specimen foliage plant for the shaded garden. Its brilliant yellow leaves light up the woodland garden. It increases especially quickly in moist soil but is tolerant of drier conditions. Really a beauty!

      Zannah Crowe
      Wisconsin
      United States
      1 year ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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