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'Sun King' Golden Japanese Spikenard Aralia cordata

  • Hardy Zones
    • 3 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Part Shade to Shade
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 30 - 36 Inches
Proven Selections® Perennials
Proven Selections® Perennials
'Sun King' Golden Japanese Spikenard Aralia cordata
Part Shade to Shade 30 - 36

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
  • 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!

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