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Sun King Aralia

SKU: AM018053
per Plant - 3" Pot
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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)
key features
Botanical Name
Aralia cordata Sun King
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Bee Friendly, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
36-60" tall (3-5 feet)
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer


(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.