Aralia elata 'SILVER UMBRELLA'

Aralia elata
Aralia elata 'SILVER UMBRELLA'
Japanese angelica tree
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 2-4m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green a white
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME August - September
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Exotics
Rarities
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If you are looking for an architectural plant that will attract passers-by’s eyes but will require zero maintenance at the same time and on top of that will be hardy enough not to worry about it in winter, have a look at this Japanese angelica tree. Could the leaves look like angel’s wings to be given this name? Only God knows. What we know is that this tree is a must have for those who love exotic appeal in their gardens.

Silver Umbrella is a gorgeous item for both collectors and lovers of tropical looking plants. This variety of Japanese angelica tree produces about 1 meter long bi-pinnate leaves composed of narrowly ovate, mid green leaflets with white margins and variegation. In late summer arrive huge, erect panicles of numerous but small, creamy white flowers that may be followed by non-edible (not poisonous) purple-black berries. In autumn the leaves turn light shades of pink, scarlet red, and yellow if the plant is grown in acid soil. In alkaline clay they will usually change to yellow only.

Angelica tree typically grows as one stem from the ground and makes only short side branches when young, unless a multi-stemmed form was selected in a nursery. The trunk is very thick compared to its height, and covered with short spines that may disappear with age.

Grow it in almost any well-drained soil, alkaline or acidic (while acidic will enhance autumn colours), just make sure it is equally moist throughout the season. It will take drought once established but may lose leaves in long periods of rain if grown in water-logged soil. Aralia virtually thrives on neglect. It requires no maintenance. Suckers may appear sporadically. Pest and disease free. Fully hardy to min. -34°C, possibly more.

Last update 23-09-2013
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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