A deciduous perennial from Japan, Aralia cordata ’Sun King’ is a must have foliage plant for shaded moist positions.
This is a golden lime green leafed form of the species, with the species being known as Japanese spikenard.This is a plant from Japan where it grows in shaded areas or forest clearings.
It prefers a humus rich well drained soil and is probably best grown in dappled shade in all but the cooler zones.
In Japan the young shoots are regarded as a bit of a delicacy, said to taste a little like asparagus, hence other common names of Mountain Asparagus and Udo.
Flowers are small and white appearing in summer and these attract nectar seeking birds and bees to the garden.
How to Grow Aralia cordata ’Sun King’
‘Sun King’ however is grown for the foliage which adds a highlight to shaded areas of the garden. For best foliage colour avoid deep shade, dappled shade is best.
- Plant in a position in light shade.
- A compost and some aged cow manure to the soil before plating.
- Water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Mulch around the plant to suppress weeds and maintain a moist root run.
- Fertilise each spring with a general purpose organic fertiliser.
Where to grow Aralia cordata ’Sun King’
An excellent foliage plant for a shaded border as a background plant, or closer to the front as a bright coloured feature.
Companion Plants for Aralia cordata ’Sun King’
An excellent plant to grow behind or next to Hostas, Dicentra, Tiarella and similar plants.
- Botanical Name Aralia cordata ’Sun King’
- Common Names – In Japan, Mountain Asparagus and Udo.
- Height – 1m (3ft)
- Spread – 1m (3ft)
- Growth Rate – Medium
- Foliage – Lime green to Golden Yellow and heart shaped.
- Flowers – White
- Flowering Time – Summer
- Position – Part shade, best with morning sun.
- Soil – Moist, well drained with some summer moisture.
- Is Aralia cordata ’Sun King’ toxic?
No reports of it being toxic are found.
- Is Aralia cordata ’Sun King’ fast growing?
In its first year it is slow to establish, then medium to fast growth rate.
- Is Aralia cordata ’Sun King’ drought tolerant?
No, during dry periods it requires some extra water.
- Do rabbits and deer eat Aralia cordata ’Sun King’
No, they do not seem to be attracted to it.