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Fiveleaf Aralia*

Acanthopanax sieboldianus

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Fiveleaf Aralia (Acanthopanax sieboldianus) at Hillermann Nursery

Fiveleaf Aralia

Fiveleaf Aralia

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fiveleaf Aralia (Acanthopanax sieboldianus) at Hillermann Nursery

Fiveleaf Aralia bark

Fiveleaf Aralia bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Pricklyspine


A wide-spreading and multi-stemmed small tree for general landscape use; can get somewhat shrubby, but very adaptable; good for a touch of greenery in heavily polluted or trafficked areas

Ornamental Features

Fiveleaf Aralia has light green foliage throughout the season. The round palmate leaves turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fiveleaf Aralia is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Spiny

Fiveleaf Aralia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Fiveleaf Aralia will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 25 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Ornamental Features