Aralia spinosa

Devils-walkingstick, Hercules-club

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
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.
Mature Height - 10-20' (40') tall
Mature Width - 10-15' wide
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Small whitish flowers from July to August, produced in large panicles at the end of the branches.
Fruit - 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.
Leaf - Alternate, bi- to tri-pinnately compound, 32-64" long, rachis has scattered thorns. Leaflets ovate, 2-4" long, acuminate, serate. Petiole to 10" long. Medium to dark green, sometimes lustrous.
Fall Color - yellow-green to yellow
Bark - Thorny, gray colored stem
Other Features -
Possible Use - Large compound leaves give a tropical effect - use in borders, or rugged out-of-the-way areas.
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - 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
Native Habitat - Native Pennsylvania to Iowa, Florida to Texas.
Diseases and Insects - no serious disease problems
Strength -
Weakness - Freely develops new shoots from roots which may create a maintenance problem.

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