Gotemba Golden Japanese Spikenard

Aralia cordata 'Gotemba'

A sensational tall accent for a semi-shaded border or woodland garden. Each spring, brilliant yellow foliage emerges from a broad clump to create a grand, tree-like display. In late summer, sprays of white flowers climax in fireworks of shiny purplish black berries. An herbaceous perennial.
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4 - 10

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Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationuh-RAY-lee-uh kor-DAY-tuh
LoreThe Japanese have historically eaten the young emerging stems of this plant in spring.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 5 to 8 ft. tall and wide annually.
Bloom TimeLate summer, followed by black ornamental berries.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorYellow
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Growth HabitColumnar
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Specimen, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, Ornamental Berries, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

Provide fertile, humus-rich, evenly moist but not soggy, well-drained soil. Prefers bright or dappled shade but tolerates full sun in cooler climates, given ample moisture. Shelter from damaging winds. Foliage dies back to the ground in winter; remove old foliage and feed with a slow-release fertilizer before new growth emerges in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4 - 10

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