Aralia Sun King
Aralia Sun King

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Aralia Sun King

Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Aralia Sun King, named Perennial of the Year 2020, is sure to brighten up the dark areas of your garden. Plant this in the shade and enjoy the neon green foliage.

Growzone: 3-9

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Dormancy Notice: This plant, like many others, enters dormancy or semi-dormancy in the late fall through early spring. *THIS PLANT IS NOT DEAD. It is completely healthy but upon receiving the plant, you may notice it exhibits fewer leaves, discoloration, or complete leaf drop. This is normal and essential to the plant's health. In fact, planting during dormancy promotes root growth, giving your plant a better start for spring, when new foliage will begin to grow.

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Perennial of the Year 2020

The Aralia Sun King, also known as Golden Japanese Spikenard, has unique chartreuse leaves that brighten up any dark spot in your garden. This shade loving perennial has standout foliage that will be more yellow when planted in partial sun and more lime green when planted in shade. The 2020 Perennial of the Year blooms delicate white flowers that produce inedible deep, purplish black berries after blooming.

About Your Aralia Sun King

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The Aralia Cordata 'Sun King' is a unique neon green-leafed plant that loves shade. The color will turn brighter yellow when planted in bright sun and more lime green in full shade. The Aralia Sun King produces tiny, inconspicuous white flowers that produce deep purplish-black inedible berries after blooming. Prefering rich, organic, deep loamy soil that is moist but well drained. If planted in the sun, the Aralia Sun King will require moister soil. Typlically dies back to the ground during Winter and re-emerges in Spring.


Growing Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 3 to 4 feet
Mature Width: 3 to 4 feet
Classification: Perennial
Sunlight: Shade to Part Shade
Habit: Upright, clump forming
Flower Color: Inconspicuous white
Flowering Season: Mid-Late Summer
Foliage: Chartreuse
Soil Condition: Prefers rich, organic, deep loamy soil that is moist but well drained.
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Border Plant, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point
This Plants Growzone: 3-9 Aralia Sun King Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Aralia Sun King

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Aralia Sun King plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Aralia Sun King does prefer drier soils in the winter so if there was ever a plant that we would recommend not adding topsoil or compost this is one. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener’s best friend and can help guarantee your success.


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