Castor-leaved Aralia Fact Sheet

Family:  Araliaceae - Ginseng family
Latin name:  Kalopanax pictus
Common name:  Castor-leaved aralia, Castor-aralia
Photo of Kalopanax pictus Photo of spur with purple terminal bud of Kalopanax pictus. Photo showing winter form of Castor-leaved aralia Picture of bark and spikes of Castor-leaved aralia Photo showing leaves  of Castor-leaved aralia

A distinguishing feature of the Kalopanax pictus, is the presence of spikes which is reminiscent of Aralia elata and Aralia spinosa which are also members of the Ginseng family.
Kalopanax pictus photograph of showing spur with purple terminal bud.
 Picture of Castor-leaved aralia showing bark and spikes.
Picture taken March 20, 2004
Photo showing winter form of Castor-leaved aralia. This tree is in Diversity: P-58/49-57 at Morton Arboretum

Photo showing leaves of Castor-leaved aralia.

All photos were taken on March 20, 2004, except for the one with leaves which was taken May 28, 2008

191-87*11 plt P-58/49-57

Kalopanax pictus (Thunb.) Nakai ARALIACEAE - GINSENG FAMILY
Range: China, Manchuria, Korea, Japan
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

Kingdom:  Plantae -- Plants
  Subkingdom:  Tracheobionta -- Vascular plants
  Superdivision:  Spermatophyta -- Seed plants
  Division:  Magnoliophyta -- Flowering plants
  Class:  Magnoliopsida -- Dicotyledons
  Subclass:  Rosidae
  Order:  Apiales
  Family:  Araliaceae - Ginseng family
  Genus:   Kalopanax Miq., castor aralia
  Species:  Kalopanax septemlobus (Thunb. ex A. Murr.) Koidz, castor aralia

Source for classification listing: USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. 

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