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Aralia elata - 'Variegata' (Japanes Angelica Tree)

Type Tree, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Compact Rounded Tree, Architectural Form
Size Small Tree (1.5 to 3m height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Aralia elata Description

This fine architectural deciduous produces a profusion of exotic frond like leaves. Foliage is coloured a cream white. Ideal for planting as an specimen or at the back of a bed, but beware of spines on all branches / stems. 5 m tall x 6m.


Aralia elata - Cultivation Notes

Preferring a sheltered area, this smallish tree will flourish any moisture retentive soil and a shelter from cold winds. Prune out any green leafy growth. Ideal for smaller sheltered urban gardens.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Aralia elata:

  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Aralia elata

  • Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!
  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations

Design & Plant Use for Aralia elata:

  • Added winter interest from attractive bark or stems

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