- BOTANICAL NAME: Aralia spinosa
- COMMON NAME: Devil's-walking-stick, Hercules-club
- FAMILY: Araliaceae
Pennsylvania west to Iowa, south to Texas and Florida.
- GROWTH HABIT: Large, coarse-textured shrub to 20'. Normally suckers freely. Better than a barbed-wire fence.
Prefers well-drained, moist soils but grows well on rocky, dry or
clay soils and is pH adaptable. Good
for urban use.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Novelty plant that will stand out due to the soft tropical
effect in summer and the coarse texture in winter. Best used in mass plantings. Large
terminal panicles of white flowers grace this plant in the mid to late
- FOLIAGE: Alternate, bi- or tripinnately compound, 3'-5'. Leaflets
2"-4", acuminate, serrate also with spines.
- BUDS: Ovoid to conical with few scales.
Stems thick, straw colored with numerous
Leaf scars prominent resembling a Cheshire cat's grin.
- FLOWERS: Large clusters, 1 to 1 1/2'across, of creamy
white flowers appear in mid to late summer and last until late summer or
- FRUIT: Purple-black drupe, 1/4" long.
Seeds, root cutting.