Aralia spinosa and Tetradium danielli

ben773(5a)February 4, 2013

I read conflicting report about the cold hardiness of Devil's Walking Stick and Bee Bee Tree in zone 5a. I like to hear about your personal experience (not info perpetuated in the web)growing these plants. I like to grow them as bee forage. Do they grow and FLOWER in zone 5a? I'm in northern Illinois. Any personal and/or local experience (northern Illinois, Wisconsin or Zone 5a resident)is appreciated. Thanks.

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viburnumvalley(z5/6 KY)

Check in with the Morton Arboretum. Their records show several plants of Aralia spinosa in their living collections.

Can't help you with Tetradium daniellii in your neighborhood - but I can vouch for old live plants that have tolerated/survived -20F temps here.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 10:41PM
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My experience with Aralia spinosa is near the NH seacoast, which is a little bit warmer than you, right on the border of 5a and 5b. However, I did want to warn you that this plant does self-seed a fair amount, from dropped fruit and birds who have eaten the fruit. Because of its thorniness, removing volunteers can be an uncomfortable process. You might want to research an alternative bee forage plant that doesn't have this problematic aspect.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 3:24PM
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