Aralia cordata 'Sun King'
Sun King Spikenard
Item #: 9133
Zones: 4a to 8b, at least
Height: 72" tall
Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
We found a gold Aralia cordata seedling in 1998, but a late spring frost four years later killed it before we could propagate it. That's why we were thrilled to see this similar plant arrive years later from Japan. Aralia 'Sun King' forms a dazzling 6' tall x 3' wide clump that emerges in mid-spring with bright gold compound leaves. With a few hours of sun, the foliage remains bright gold through the summer, at which time the clumps are topped with 2' tall spikes of tiny white flowers followed by ornamental black fruit. Brought to the US and named by Barry Yinger, who found it in a Japanese department store nursery, Aralia 'Sun King' is truly one of the most amazing new perennial introductions in the last decade!