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Aralia spinosa /Devil's Walkingstick

Aralia spinosa  / Aralia spinosa
Colony (many canes) planting in an urban landscape
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Colony (many canes) planting in an urban landscape

Close-up of a single leaf

Woodland edge

Young emerging foliage

Bare trunks in winter

Stalks and leaf stems heavily armed with stiff spines


Tree shoowing form and flowers

Fruit will be eaten by birds

Mature fruit in early fall

An inflorescence in early spring

Flowering in early stage

Huge panicles of flowers on a mature specimen

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Scientific Name: Aralia spinosa
Common Name: Devil's Walkingstick
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: Thrives is woodland soils with high organic matter. Fruit eaten by birds. Plants spread by stolons and a single plant can become a small thicket in a few years. Lot of interesting features -- huge compound leaves, flowers in summer, attractive black fruit in fall, and tall slender bare trunks covered with thorns in winter. Excellent for woodland gardens and other naturalistic sites. A native that is quite widespread across the South.