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Oplopanax

Oplopanax spp.

Oplopanax japonicus s2 by Alpsdake (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Oplopanax Overview

    This small genus comprising 3 species of deciduous shrubs in the Araliaceae family is native to Western parts of North America and Northeastern Asia. They are characterised by having large, divided palmate leaves on spiky stems and panicles of greenish flowers followed by red berries that are attractive to birds. The most well-known species is O. horridus, or the Devil’s walking stick, a plant described as having an almost primordial appearance. In cultivation site it in a cool, moist and shady position.

    How to propagate Oplopanax

    Seed

    Seed in autumn.

    Cuttings

    Root cuttings in late winter.

    Other uses of Oplopanax

    Grown for their habit, fruits and spiny foliage.