Aralia elata Araliaceae
Angelica Tree, Japanes Angelica
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub or tree, to 45 ft (14 m) high, clump forming. Stems pithy and
irregularly spiny (prickles). Leaves alternate, pinnately compound, large, 40-80(100) cm long, bipinnate,
leaflets ovate to narrow ovate, 6-12 cm long, margin serrate, sometimes remotely, dark green above, somewhat
glaucous (whitish/bluish wax or bloom) below, slightly pubescent on veins when young. Flowers
are small, off-white, in broad, terminal clusters about 40 cm long; flowers showy in late summer.
Fruit small, round, fleshy, shiny purple-black.
- Sun, tolerates diverse soil conditions.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native to China, far eastern
Russia, Korea and Japan.
- elata: tall, elevated