Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia

Acanthopanax sieboldianus 'Variegatus'

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Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia (Acanthopanax sieboldianus 'Variegatus') at Weston Nurseries

Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia foliage

Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia (Acanthopanax sieboldianus 'Variegatus') at Weston Nurseries

Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia

Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Pricklyspine


A preferred cultivar of this tough and adaptable species, featuring very showy white-green variegation on the palm-shaped leaves; good as a feature shrub or in a large garden

Ornamental Features

The Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia has attractive white-variegated light green foliage throughout the season. The round palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

The Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Spiny

The Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

The Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 25 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features