Variegated Five-Leaf Aralia

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Image of Variegated Five-Leaf Aralia

Plant Information

Taxonomic Name: Eleutherococcus sieboldianus cv. Variegatus
Common Name: Variegated Five-Leaf Aralia
Type: Deciduous Shrub
Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Bloom Time: May to June
Height: 72-96 inches
Light Requirements: Filtered shade, Closed shade
Soil Conditions: Average well-drained soil
Special Characteristics:
  • Tall shrub with arching stems
  • Palmate leaves are bright green leaves edged with white
  • Extremely adaptable and will grow in a wide range of soils, in full sun to shade
  • Sharp thorns appear at the stem nodes below each leaf
  • Remove root suckers to maintain appearance
  • Although a member of the aralia family and commonly called five-fingered aralia, this shrub is not nor ever was part of the genus Aralia. Aralia racemosa is in the genus Aralia, but it is commonly called spikenard. Five-fingered aralia was formerly considered to be in the genus Acanthopanax, but is now included in the genus Eleutherococcus.
Potential Pests: None
Serious Pests: None Serious
Potential Diseases: None
Serious Diseases: None Serious