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Cultural Details for Aralia spinosa

Common Name:
Devils-walkingstick, Hercules-club

Growth Rate:
Small tree or large shrub, often develops new shoots at the base. Slow to moderate growth on old wood, but can be fast growing on new root shoots.

Average Mature Height:
10-20' (40') tall

Average Mature Width:
10-15' wide

Flower Details:
Small whitish flowers from July to August, produced in large panicles at the end of the branches.

Fruit Details:
Purple-black drupe with 3-5 hard endocarps, August into October. The fruit is somewhat ornamental for several months in late summer through early fall, and often devoured by birds upon ripening.

Fall Color:
yellow-green to yellow

Bark Details:
Thorny, gray colored stem

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
no serious disease problems

Native Habitat:
Native Pennsylvania to Iowa, Florida to Texas.

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Easily transplanted. Performs best in well-drained, moist, fertile soils in full sun or partial shade. Can tolerate dry, rocky or heavy soils; pH tolerant. Zone 4-9

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.