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Aralia 'Sun King'

Golden Japanese Spikenard

  • »  Bright yellow foliage in full sun
  • »  If planted in shade the foliage tends to go to a lime green
  • »  Tiny white flowers in late summer
  • »  New growth is golden yellow
  • »  Contrasting reddish brown stems

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‘Sun King’ is brilliant from the start with bright yellow leaves that emerge in mid spring. These leaves are held on contrasting reddish stems. In summer 2' spikes of tiny white flowers are produced, followed by deep purplish black, berries that are enjoyed by many birds in the fall. Perfect for morning sun/afternoon shade areas.  Foliage retains its bright yellow color all season and looks especially nice in the semi-shaded garden planted behind hostas and ferns. Superb alone or grouped.

Foliage Color
Maintenance and Care
Low Maintenance
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Flower Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Partial Sun
Partial Shade
Full Shade
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Moist, Well-Drained
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Aralia 'Sun King'

Best grown in moist well-drained soils in part shade. Feed yearly with an organic fertilizer. Cut back hard after hard freeze in fall. 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.