Sun King Aralia closeup of green-yellow foliage

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Mature Height: 3-6' tall
  • Mature Width: 3-6' wide
  • Exposure: Part Shade
  • Spacing: 3-6' apart


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  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Sun King Aralia

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Regular price $64.00
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Why the Sun King Aralia?

All hail the Sun King! This truly regal Spirit demands attention. Quickly growing tall and wide, with tropical-looking compound leaves, it immediately establishes a bold presence. Brilliant yellow color sends it over the top. In shade, the foliage becomes chartreuse or lime green, appearing only slightly less electric. Make Sun King Aralia the centerpiece of a mixed border, or make it the star in a collection of large container plantings. This bodacious specimen is perfect to use near your outdoor living area or anyplace you’d like to enjoy fabulous foliage all season long.

This species of Aralia grew quietly in Japan, Korea, and China for ages, nobody paying it much attention. It its homelands, the young shoots are specially prepared and eaten like asparagus; the roots are also believed to have some medicinal value. As an ornamental plant, it was never really on the radar. Then Pennsylvania plantsman Barry Yinger found Sun King Aralia in a Japanese department store nursery. He introduced it to the United States in the early 2000s, and it became hot, hot, hot. Landscape designers and amateur gardeners alike quickly fell in love with the new yellow version. We think you will too!

How to use in the landscape?

Sun King Aralia’s main claim to fame is glorious golden foliage, but it has other charms as well. In late summer, rounded clusters of creamy white flowers emerge from dark stems. These eventually give way to dark purple berries that attract songbirds such as robins and bluebirds.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 3-9

    Mature Height: 3-6' tall

    Mature Width: 3-6' wide

    Exposure: Part Sun

    Spacing: 3-6' apart

How To Plant

Give Sun King Aralia a premium spot in your landscape. Ideally, it will have light afternoon shade, rich soil, good drainage, and plenty of water (drought is not its friend). Mulch with shredded bark, leaf mold, or pine straw to keep the root zone cool and moist. Shelter Sun King from strong winds. Although it looks like a woody plant, this big, bushy Spirit dies back completely the ground each year and starts anew in the spring. Cut the old growth back in late fall or whenever it begins to look unsightly.

How To Water

Water as soon as they arrive! Sun King plants need to be watered regularly to maintain evenly moist soil for best establishment into the landscape.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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