Acanthopanax sieboldianus 'Variegatus'
Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia
 
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Family: Aralia family (Araliaceae)
Native Habitat: Japan
   

What a fantastic shrub, and one of our favorites! This is also easily one of the most adaptable shrubs we grow, thriving from full sun to fairly heavy shade and in average to quite dry soils. The wonderful leaves, bordered in creamy white, are so heavily variegated the plant appears silvery-white from just a few feet away. Variegation is best in full sun or light shade, but holds well even in heavy shade. It is a fairly slow grower and will adapt well to heavy pruning if you're one who likes to shape your shrubs. For those of you who don't like "prickly" plants, be aware it does have somewhat-sharp stipular spines on the branches.

Acanthopanax sieboldianus is a pretty darn difficult name to pronounce, let alone remember. Unfortunately, the taxonomists have been at work and have re-named it Eleutherococcus sieboldianus. We have no idea why they couldn't come up with something simpler than Acanthopanax. But Eleutherococcus ??? We're going to stick with Acanthopanax and hope they don't send the nomenclature police after us!

Ornamental Characteristics:

Leaves heavily margined in white. Flowers insignificant.

Habit & Growth Rate: Upright grower to 4 to 6 ft. tall. Spread of 3 to 5 ft. Slow growth rate. Easily kept smaller by pruning any time of the year. Fairly slow growth rate.
Landscape Uses: Foundation plantings, shrub border, mixed border. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 4-8
Culture: Adaptable shrub that's easily grown in full sun to full shade. Best growth in full sun or part shade.
Awards: Gold Medal Plant Award, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

 

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