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.