Devil's Walking Stick (Aralia spinosa)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 5 - 20 feet, in ideal conditions can reach 25+ feet
Plant Spread: Leaf crown can be 3-10 feet; Spacing between individual plants is anywhere from 6 inches to 20+ feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Berries are toxic to HUMANS if ingested
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Inflorescence Height: Up to 24 inches
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Contact with bark or roots can cause slight skin irritation
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 3-5 months, plus another 1-4 months at 68F for germination
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Root
Other: Can become invasive, remove suckers by digging up root to prevent spreading
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

 6:25 pm. Autumn colour of a new shoot.

A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
July 13, 2014

The Nature Conservancy calls Tennessee the most biologically rich of all the inland states. As I walk through my property and neighborhood, I see many exotic plants. Fortunately, I also see an abundance of native plants.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 17, 2017 9:10 AM

Interesting tropical-looking small tree native from central New York through western Pennsylvania and some spots around southeast Pennsylvania, areas of Maryland, West Virginia & Virginia down to central Florida to east Texas back up to southern Illinois & Indiana. Offered only by a few large, diverse nurseries and some native plant nurseries; rare in landscapes. Fast growing of over 2 feet/year and each tree lives about 50 years, but it forms a colony and more come up from the root system to replace each tree. Despite coarse, lateral spreading root system, it transplants easily. Usually grows in and around forest, but can grow in meadows. Grows best in moist to dry, slightly acid soils but can adapt to neutral pH. The black fruit in late summer and early autumn is prized by many birds and small mammals. The white flowers are pollinated by many insects. It is different from the Japanese species that was introduced and gone wild in some spots, as southeast PA, in that the American species bears its flower clusters terminally while the Asian species bears them laterally.

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