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Aralia spinosa (Devil's walking stick)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
10m
Max height
5m
Max spread
2-5years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Aralia spinosa

Other names

Devil's walking stick, Devil's walkingstick, Hercules' club, Hercules's club, Hercules club

Genus

Aralia Aralia

Species

A. spinosa - A. spinosa is a vigorous, upright, suckering, deciduous shrub or small tree with spiny stems bearing pinnate leaves divided into numerous ovate, dark green leaflets and conical panicles bearing umbels of white flowers in summer followed by spherical, black fruit.


Aralia spinosa is: Deciduous

Habit

Suckering, Upright

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Brown, Pale-yellow in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1.

Propagation

Plants spread rapidly by self-seeding and suckering.

Propagation methods

Root cuttings, Seed


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Where to grow

Aralia spinosa (Devil's walking stick) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 5m after 2-5years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grow in moist or moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in full sun or light shade. Tolerates drought and urban pollutions. Best with shelter from strong winds.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Aralia spinosa

Other names

Devil's walking stick, Devil's walkingstick, Hercules' club, Hercules's club, Hercules club

Genus

Aralia Aralia

Species

A. spinosa - A. spinosa is a vigorous, upright, suckering, deciduous shrub or small tree with spiny stems bearing pinnate leaves divided into numerous ovate, dark green leaflets and conical panicles bearing umbels of white flowers in summer followed by spherical, black fruit.

Native to

Eastern United States

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Suckering, Upright


Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Brown, Pale-yellow in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1.

Propagation

Plants spread rapidly by self-seeding and suckering.

Propagation methods

Root cuttings, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Aralia spinosa (Devil's walking stick) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 5m after 2-5years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grow in moist or moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in full sun or light shade. Tolerates drought and urban pollutions. Best with shelter from strong winds.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Aralia spinosa (Devil's walking stick)

Common pest name

Leaf spot: ginseng; Leaf spot: ornamentals

Scientific pest name

Alternaria panax

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A leaf spot disease; some commonly grown pot plants are hosts but main damage is to ginseng.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Aralia spinosa (Devil's walking stick)

Common pest name

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Scientific pest name

Ceroplastes rubens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Aralia spinosa (Devil's walking stick)

Common pest name

; mango aphid

Scientific pest name

Aphis odinae

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Aphid pest unlikely to survive in the UK and considered to be little or no pytosanitary risk.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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