Sun King Golden Japanese Spikenard

Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Bright gold leaves that linger through summer. Perfect for a sheltered spot near a water garden or dipping pool. Great in shaded entryways or patio; perfect for containers or as a houseplant. Flowers are followed by black ornamental berries. Evergreen.
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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
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 5 ft. tall and wide annually.
Bloom TimeMid-spring, followed by black ornamental berries
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorChartreuse
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage
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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