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Aralia Sun King
ENLARGE IMAGE Eye-catching color & impressive size!
  • Aralia Sun King large gold presence is eye-catching from any angle
  • Aralis Sun King turns a bright yellow in sun, chartreuse in shade
  • Aralia Sun King is a handsome specimen growing larger every year

Aralia Sun King

Deer proof shade plant with 3 seasons of interest!
Item: #ARASK1Q
ZONE 4,5,6,7,8
As low as $14.19
  • Deer proof, tropical-like plant
  • Stunning heart-shaped gold foliage
  • Enjoy 3 seasons of foliage interest
  • Trouble free shade perennial
  • Thrives in a shaded, moist setting
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Aralia Sun King Description

Aralia Sun King is a bold plant with a shrublike appearance that will lend a tropical air to the shade garden.

This deerproof shade perennial will provide 3 seasons of color.  Bold, bright gold leaflets are held horizontally giving the plant a totally unique look.  Provide Sun King about 2-3 hours minimum of sun a day to retain its glowing yellow foliage.

Originating from Japan, Aralia is virtually trouble free, however it is a frost tender plant.

In late summer, small cluster of white flowers are followed by decorative purple berries.

Need that special plant that will give your garden some lift? Aralia makes a nice presence in the shade garden with its color, size and season long appeal.

Special Features: Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Foliage Interest, Multi-Seasonal Interest, Pest Resistant, Season Extender

Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name:
    Aralia cordata 'Sun King''
  • Common Name:
  • Zone:
  • Sun Exposure:
    Part Shade-Shade
  • Delivery:
    See Schedule
  • Ship Form:
    1 Quart
  • Soil Type:
  • Soil Moisture:
  • Height x Width:
    36""x 36""'
  • Flower Color:
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  • Bloom Season:
    Late Summerl
  • Uses:
    Accent, Background, Border, Containers, Foundation Planting, Ornamental, Specimen
  • Cannot Ship to:
    AK, CAN, HI, PR
  • Patent #: None

Ideas and How-to's



Soil: Moist, fertile, humusy, well-drained soils. Tolerant of a wide range of soils and PH levels. Drought can cause leaf burn, and early dormancy.
Light: Part shade. Providing it gets a few hours of sun daily, the foliage will remain bright gold throughout the summer. In full shade, foliage will be chartreuse to lime green in colour. 
Water: Moderate moisture needs
Spacing: Plant 3-6 feet apart. Site in locations protected from strong winds to protect the foliage.
Fertilizing: Appy a slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote in spring.Winterizing: Each winter, Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’ dies to the ground. Then it returns the next spring bigger and better than the year before.
Maintenance & Pruning: Do divisions in spring. No pruning required