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Aralia spinosa

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A deciduous species from N. America, it has large, ornamental bright green, bi-pinnate leaves which turn shades of deep golden-yellow in autumn.

The stems have many sturdy spines, giving rise to the evocative common name 'Devil's Walkingstick'. In late summer this has large, showy flower panicles once established. An unusual and fascinating garden plant!

Supplied Size: 3L containers (young plants only)

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Aralia spinosa | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Aralia spinosa | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Aralia spinosa | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Warm, full sun or shade in a position sheltered from strong winds.
Soil: Any well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. The young foliage can be damaged by late frost and this is best planted in a position out of early morning sunlight.
Flowering Period: August - September
Flower Colour: White
Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate
Habit: Aralia spinosa grows to large shrub or small branching tree.
Height: up to 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Notes: Aralia spinosa can sucker and these should be gently removed yearly to keep the Aralia growing with a single stem if required.

Plant Finder: about Aralia spinosa

Common names

Devils Walkingstick , Hercules Club


Aralia spinosa (Devils Walkingstick ). This is an unusual small tree or shrub with impressive panicles of white, lemon-scented, foamy flowers and bi-pinnate leaves which turn yellow and orange shades in the autumn. The branches, petioles and leaf midribs have spines.


Remove suckers to keep a single stem. Shelter from cold winds.

Interest and use

Foliage and flowers, autumn interest.

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  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -35°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

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