Aralia 'Sun King' Golden Japanese Spikenard



Aralia cordata 'Sun King' has tropical-looking, bright golden green compound leaves with reddish-brown stems. Also known as Golden Japanese Spikenard, Aralia 'Sun King's tiny white, late summer flowers are followed by inedible, purple-black fruits. Aralia 'Sun King's foliage stays chartreuse to yellow all summer depending on the amount of sun.

Aralia cordata 'Sun King' prefers partial shade; its best color being achieved with at least a couple hours of morning sun. It is happiest in moist, well-drained soil. This perennial is likely to mature to a larger size over time.


  • Common Names: Japanese Spikenard
  • Zones: 3-9
  • Light Requirements: Part Shade to Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers moist, well-drained soil.
  • Height at Maturity: 36-60
  • Width at Maturity: 36-40
  • Bloom Color: White/Cream
  • Bloom Time: Late summer to early fall
  • Foliage Color: Gold/Yellow

Special Features

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  • Tolerates: Deer.
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