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Aralia cordata 'Sun King'
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Plant Type: Perennials

An excellent large pop of color for partial to full shade gardens. Sun King Aralia emerges mid-spring with bright gold compound leaves up to three feet long that contrast with the reddish-brown stems. A few hours of sunlight each day will result in the foliage remaining golden yellow, while deeper shade will produce a range of chartreuse to lime green colors. In mid to late summer, clusters of tiny white flowers will produce inedible purple fruit. Forming a large clump, this deer resistant perennial is paired well with blue Hosta, purple leafed Heuchera, and other woodland plants.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Flower Color

Tiny white flowers

Foliage Color

Golden yellow to chartreuse.

Plant Spread


Good Companions

other shade loving plants

Plant Height


Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

likes moisture

Characteristics & Attributes


does very well in deep shade with adequate moisture.

Bloom Time

late summer

Critter Resistance

deer, rabbits


part shade to full shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests