Monday, 16 June 2014

Aralia echinocaulis

Aralia echinocaulis
Now for something completely different. A magnificent and exotic woody species with large leaves (to 4ft so far) made up of many small leaflets. The whole plant is dark green tinted maroons and blacks. Ultimately it will apparently reach about 10ft tall but maybe bigger, especially in damp sheltered sites.
Aralia echinocaulis
The overall effect is of a one or a few very prickly upright (remarkably fast growing) stems with a plume of enormous leaves at the top.
Aralia echinocaulis
At maturity it should produce masses of small greenish white flowers followed wine black fruits. A hardy deciduous species, new and hardly ever available. Formidable!
Sold out - sorry

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