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.
- 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).
This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 9
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.
My Current Zone
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 BerriesFoliage InterestResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:TallGarden Height:30 - 36 InchesSpacing:30 - 36 InchesSpread:30 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:WhiteFoliage Colors:YellowFoliage Shade:Bright golden yellow to chartreuseHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Shade to ShadeMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageNeeds Good DrainageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Fertile SoilSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilSoil PH Category:Neutral SoilUses:Border PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointMaintenance 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
April KlinePennsylvaniaUnited States6 weeks ago
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 TenkarianNew HampshireUnited States8 weeks ago
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 CroweWisconsinUnited States1 year ago