Bought this in the fall for a shade garden in Z5B. Unfortunately, although it was well mulched in with leaves, it did not return in the spring. Disappointed, as it is beautiful.
'Sun King' Golden Japanese Spikenard Aralia cordata
- 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).
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 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
51453211Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Nancy, Illinois, United States, 12 hours ago
Added this beauty late last summer and it’s filling out ever so nicely. It’s shape is wonderful, adding a pleasing esthetic. The chartreuse color pops in front of the dark green vine-covered brick wall. This plant draws the eye .. am ever so pleased.Rebecca, Michigan, United States, 2 years ago
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, 2 years 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 Tenkarian, New Hampshire, United States, 3 years 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 Crowe, Wisconsin, United States, 3 years ago