Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’

Golden Japanese Spikenard

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

‘Sun King’ is a gold form of Japanese spikenard. It makes elegant 3’ clumps of bright gold, compound leaves if given a few hours of direct sun each day. In more shade, its foliage will be more lime green and chartreuse. The ideal garden spot would have good soil, with morning sun followed by afternoon shade. In late summer, 3’ tall spikes of tiny white flowers poke up above the foliage. The flowers are then followed by purple berries that birds love. ‘Sun King’ provides good texture, color, and form in a part shade garden and would also make a stunning container plant. It is easy and fast growing. An added benefit is that deer don’t like it at all! 


Showy Berry Fruit          

Deer Resistant


Good fall color

Container plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Light Exposure

Half and half

Full shade



Flower Color


Bloom Time

late summer

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moderate moisture











Hardiness Zones     

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


full quart