This is a tropical-looking golden beauty with large compound leaves. In heavy shade, the leaves appear more lime green. Produces stems of tiny white flowers in summer. Deer do not like this plant.
Aralia grows best in part to light shade, though if given consistent moisture it can also grow in full sun. It prefers richly organic, deep loamy soil that is moist but well-drained. This plant is not drought tolerant. It typically dies back to the ground in winter and re-emerges in spring to quickly form a shrub-like clump.