Eleutherococcus sieboldianus (Makino) Koidz.

Fiveleaf Aralia

Family: Araliaceae

Genus: Eleutherococcus

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 8 to 10' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Compound, alternate, palmate leaves, bright green. Small white flowers in late spring to summer. Erect shrub with arching branches. Can take severe pruning. Prefers well-drained soil but will tolerate poor soils too. Drought tolerant.



Native to China.

Introduced in 1874.

Published in Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 8: 52 in 1939.

Basionym Acanthopanax sieboldianus Makino.

Synonyms Eleutherococcus pentaphyllus Nakai, Acanthopanax pentaphyllus

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