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Aralia cordata 'Sun King' - Golden Spikenard
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Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Golden Japanese Spikenard

Aralia ‘Sun King’ is a golden-leaved cultivar that features a large rounded clump of golden yellow compound leaves which is topped in summer by 2’ tall spikes of tiny white flowers. Deep reddish-purple to purplish-black inedible berries ripen in fall. Birds love the berries. Foliage retains good yellow color throughout summer unless grown in too much shade. Fast-growing shrub-like herbaceous perennial grown for its lush tropical-like foliage.

Golden Japanese Spikenard Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Best grown in moist, fertile, well-drained soils in part shade. Site in locations protected from strong winds to protect the foliage. Aralias often self-sow where the berries drop and are somewhat easy to naturalize into colonies.

Height:

36-48 in

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Spread:

36-48 in

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Exposure
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Attracts Wildlife
Songbirds
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Spring
Attributes
Specimen
Border or Bed
Focal Point
Great Foliage
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Fern, Autumn Fern, Autumn (Fern, Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance')
Siberian Bugloss Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost')
Blue Sedge Blue Sedge (Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger')
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