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ELEUTHEROCOCCUS sieboldianus 'Variegatus'

Image of Eleutherococcus sieboldianus 'Variegatus'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Araliaceae

Botanical Name

ELEUTHEROCOCCUS sieboldianus 'Variegatus'

Plant Common Name

Variegated Angelica Shrub, Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia

Special Notice

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General Description

Imparting a lush tropical look to the temperate garden, variegated fiveleaf aralia's jagged, hand-like foliage upon arching stems is great for all types of garden soils and exposures! This multistemmed shrub with long thorns from eastern China has upright branches that will arch and flop once they reach an extended length.

The bright green leaves are palmate - looking like a hand with five tapering oval leaflets that have attractively jagged and ivory edges. They are arranged alternating on the smooth green-brown stems that have long thorns. In midsummer, small finger-like clusters of tiny pale creamy green flowers appear, attracting insect pollinators that lead to the formation of the small black fruits. In autumn the foliage becomes a lime green to yellow-green before falling.

Grow variegated fiveleaf aralia in full sun to nearly full shade in any fertile garden soil that does not become soggy. It tolerates light drought and air pollution. Its pretty foliage is a great background filler for a border. Since the branches are lined with thorns, it can also be a formidable but lush-looking hedge and barrier row. The variegated foliage is particularly nice to brighten shadier areas and contrast beautifully around other dark green leaved shrubs.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    7'-9' / 2.1m - 2.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Light Green, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Lime Green, Yellow Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Gray Green, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No