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Devil's Walking Stick, Angelica Tree, Hercules'-club, Pigeon Tree, Prickly Ash, Prickly Elder, Shotbush, Toothache Tree
Aralia spinosa


Devil's Walking Stick occurs in moist soil at the edges of woods in the Pineywoods, where it usually forms thickets by suckering. Its spiny trunk is only sparingly branched. The prickly leaves are alternate and usually twice pinnately compound. Its white flowers, produced from July to August, are in terminal clusters of small umbels. The fruit, a black fleshy berry with purple juice, is eaten by many birds and other wildlife. The bark, roots, and berries were widely used in the frontier apothecary.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: light-yellow or white

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: black fleshy berry

Height: to 40 ft.

Width: to 12 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high medium

Water Requirements: medium

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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