Five-fingered Aralia

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Eleutherococcus (el-ew-ther-oh-KOK-us) (Info)
Species: sieboldianus (see-bold-ee-AH-nus) (Info)
Synonym:Acanthopanax sieboldianus
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Syracuse, New York

Dundee, Ohio

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 18, 2007, Illoquin from Indianapolis, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have grown this shrub for over 25 years without knowing the name of it until I joined DG. It has the most beautiful aralia-like foliage that is leathery and a bright beautiful green.

It is wonderful; hardy, persistant, attractive, and able to handle all kinds of environments. I have it in a low spot that is water logged all year except for summer, when it is so dry, that wide cracks appear in the clay.

I also grow it in full shade surrounded by a board fence and larger Viburnums. I believe it was planted there by previous owners to keep people (children) from walking through the yard, and it's still effective for that purpose because of the spines. The flowers are very inconspicuous.


On Apr 20, 2005, passarb from Syracuse, NY wrote:

This is a very rugged shrub.
Lush green growth where natualized but can be trained and manage into a formal hedge.
I have pictures of each; growing wild in a thicket and clipped to a formal hedge around the rose gardens in Boston's Public Garden.