Sun King Aralia

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Ideal for shrub & foliage lovers, ‘Sun King’ Golden Japanese Spikenard boasts beautiful large compound leaves in a golden shade of chartreuse. ‘Sun King’ can grow upwards of four feet tall in a single season, and gives you bright color where you need it most - in your shady or part shade beds. When gardeners need to brighten and enliven their shady spaces, they increasingly turn to ‘Sun King’ Golden Japanese Spikenard for striking color and vigor. Small late summer flowers attract pollinators, and blue-black berries are eaten by birds. Plus, these beautiful plants are deer resistant! (Aralia cordata)
Zones 4 - 8
Bee Friendly
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 36-60" tall (3-5 feet) , 36-60" wide (3-5 feet)
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
Item Package SizePlant - 3" Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

(36-60” tall x 36-60” wide) There is so much to love about ‘Sun King’ Golden Japanese Spikenard (Aralia)- it’s no wonder it’s a favorite in some of the best gardens of the world. Once established, ‘Sun King’ can grow just over four feet in a season and makes an imposing specimen, though it will die back once the cold weather comes. Racemes of tiny, non-descript flowers are borne in late summer/early autumn, and attract pollinators, particularly bees. Plant in well-draining average to rich soils in shade to part-shade locations, keeping well-watered if soils are dry. ‘Sun King’ Golden Japanese Spikenard is incredibly flexible – two to four hours of sun give the leaves a golden yellow appearance and less sun exposure will merely result in leaves of deep chartreuse. For such a luscious, vigorous plant, Sun King Golden Japanese Spikenard is surprisingly deer resistant.

More Information
Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Sun King Japanese Spikenard
Botanical Name
Aralia cordata Sun King
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
36-60" tall (3-5 feet)
Mature Spread
36-60" wide (3-5 feet)
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Golden foliage with red-brown stems.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet
Bee Friendly, Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Additional Information
Reddish-purple to purplish-black berries in fall attact birds. Planting locations are best where protected from strong winds.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

No longer available this season.

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