Aralia spinosa

devil's walkingstick

Araliaceae

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 8-12 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      purple,black
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, thorns

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Specimen plant or background hedge.
Considerations: When its huge triply compound leaves are shed in the fall, only the main thorny stem is left standing through the winter months--hence the name devil's walking stick. In the right situation, it can sucker aggressively.
Propagation: Seed, division.
Availability: FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: acidic to neutral

Ecology

Wildlife:
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Attracts many pollinators. Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit. birds include nuthatches, orioles, chickadees, titmice, and warblers.
Native Habitats: The edges of dry hammocks and dry hardwood forests.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B

Other

Ethnobotany: The aromatic spicy roots and fruit were used by early settlers in home remedies, including a cure for toothaches.