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PlantFiles: Five-fingered Aralia
Eleutherococcus sieboldianus 'Variegatus'

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Eleutherococcus (el-ew-ther-oh-KOK-us) (Info)
Species: sieboldianus (see-bold-ee-AH-nus) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegatus

Synonym:Acanthopanax sieboldianus

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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:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kizilod On May 19, 2012, kizilod from Uxbridge, MA wrote:

A shrub for dry shade!

I have this shrub growing in dry shade, under maple trees. I almost never water it, and it does well. Unfortunately, under these conditions, it is very slow growing.

I surrounded my Aralia with a ground cover of Vinca minor. The Vinca's dark green, glossy leaves provide a lovely contrast to the Aralia's paler green/cream leaves.

Neutral yotedog On Oct 18, 2007, yotedog from Raleigh, NC wrote:

Neutral because I just acquired the plant so don't yet have experience growing it. I did want to say that I acquired it at my Arboretum, and they report it will grow fine in bright shade. Noticed it says 'sun' only in the PF description, and that may be true for the far north, but I am in zone 7 (North Carolina) and have seen it growing well in shade. Also, the non-variegated variety is shade tolerant, so I suspect this one, being variegated, will thrive outside of full sun.

Positive cmccrell On Jul 2, 2005, cmccrell from Honeoye Falls, NY wrote:

I have this plant growing quite nicely in the somewhat scruffy woods behind my house in Honeoye Falls, NY. In the shade, not in full sun. I've seen descriptions in some nurseries' Web pages that indicate the plant is more than useful for shady spots.


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

Phenix City, Alabama
Marietta, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Helena, Montana
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Christiana, Tennessee
Lexington, Virginia
Bainbridge Island, Washington

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