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
Trade Names: CASTOR-ARALIA
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|
|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 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
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