Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’
2020 Perennial Plant of the Year Winner! Looking for something uniquely different for shade? Try this tropical-looking golden beauty with large compound leaves that measure up to 3 feet long!
This stunning perennial is an excellent complement to hostas and woodland perennials. ‘Sun King’ emerges mid-spring with bright gold leaves held on nicely contrasting reddish brown stems. If given at least a few hours of sun a day, the foliage will remain yellow all summer. In heavier shade, the foliage ranges from chartreuse to lime green.
This plant quickly forms a large clump of foliage which amazingly resists deer browsing. It reportedly grows just three feet tall and wide, though many plantsmen believe it will grow larger over time.
In mid to late summer, interesting racemes of tiny white flowers are produced followed by deep purplish black, inedible berries. Like most Aralias, the flowers attract honeybees. Also goes by the name Golden Japanese Spikenard.
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Plant was packed well but too tender I think to survive the transport very well. Several branches broken and leaves dead on arrival. Hoping for a speedy recovery!
Wonderful, multiple-branched specimen with beautiful foliage! Just wish it could have made it to me intact. Most stems broken in spite of fantastic packing from shipper. Plant mostly destroyed in process of shipping! Had to trim off all beautiful, but broken, branches. Now I just have a small central stem sticking out of the ground in my efforts and wishes to see if it will produce any other new branches off of the remaining main stem.