Aralia spinosa /Devil's Walkingstick

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