Devil's Walking Stick

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Devil's Walking Stick - Aralia Spinosa

Devil's Walking Stick is a woody plant species. It earned its name from the amazingly sharp-edged, spiny stems and the sharp edges of the leaf's midribs. Sometimes, this species is referred to as the Angelica-Tree. Even though the species is native to the eastern portion of North America, it has a relatively tropical appearance with compound leaves that have a lacy appearance.

The Devil's Walking Stick is a relatively small tree that only grows up to 26 feet tall. The trunk typically only reaches about 8 inches in diameter. Even though this tree has a small stature, it brings a lot of personality to any landscape. The umbrella-like flowers provide a bright pop of creamy-white color, and the sharp-edged leaves and stems protect most wildlife. The tree will begin to bloom in July and will maintain it blooms into the fall. They typically bloom in compound panicles but can bloom individually in the early years of the tree's life. The overall appearance of this tree changes as it ages. As a young tree, it looks like a series of unbranched stems. However, as it grows, it develops a palm-like appearance. As it matures, it will produce a large number of flowers than it had previously.

The wood of the Devil's Walking Stick is brown with light yellow streaks. It is a soft wood, which is very brittle. The bark is light brown with broken ridges. The branches range in size from one-quarter to two-thirds of an inch in diameter at the base.

The tree produces small berry-like fruit that is black. In its immature form, the fruit is processed and used in medicinal and herbal remedies. However, even when the fruit ripens, it is not considered to be an edible fruit and is rarely used in therapeutic situations.

USDA Climate Zone: 3-9

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