• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 5 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Late summer flowers, followed by black berries.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:uh-RAY-lee-uh kor-DAY-tuh
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Columnar
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Reaches 5 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Yellow
    Blooms:Late summer flowers, followed by black berries.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Companion PlantsHosta (Hosta); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Ligularia (Ligularia); Snakeroot (Cimicifuga); Dogwood (Cornus); Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easily grows in well-drained, humus-rich soil. Prefers dappled shade; takes full sun in cooler climates if given ample moisture. Shelter from strong winds to protect the large leaves. Foliage dies to the ground in winter. Remove old foliage and feed with a slow-release fertilizer before new growth emerges in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This precious otherworldly find from the island of Ulleong-do in the Japanese Sea was selected from a seedling collected by Daniel J. Hinkley at Gotemba Nursery in Japan.
    Lore:
    The Japanese have historically eaten the young emerging stems of this plant in spring.

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