Common Name: Golden Japanese Spikenard Aralia C. Sun King

Height:3.0 Feet

Spread:3.0 Feet


Hardiness Zones:3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Flower Color:White Shades

Foliage Color:Green shadesYellow shades


Sunlight:Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements:Average Water NeedsConsistent Water Needs


Soil Quality:Average Soil QualityFertile Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry:Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)

Bloomtime:MidsummerLate Summer


Critter Resistant:Deer Resistant

Growth Rate:MediumRapid

Garden Style:AsianEclecticModernWoodland Shade


Other Features:Border PlantAttractive FoliageSpecimenFocal Point

Origin:Not Native to North America


Looking for something uniquely different for shade?  Try this tropical-looking golden beauty with large compound leaves that measure up to 3 feet long! 

An excellent complement to hostas and woodland perennials, ‘Sun King’ emerges mid-spring with bright gold leaves held on nicely 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. 

This plant quickly forms a large clump of foliage which amazingly resists deer browsing.  It reportedly grows just three feet tall and wide, though many plantsmen believe it will grow larger over time. 

In mid to late summer, interesting racemes of tiny white flowers are produced followed by deep purplish black, inedible berries.  Like most Aralias, the flowers attract honeybees.