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Devil's Walking Stick

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Devils Walking Stick Shrub


The devils are walking stick shrub, also known as the aralia spinose, angelica tree, prickly ash or Hercules club is a deciduous shrub belonging to the Araliaceae family. The bush gets its name from the thorny, sharp spines on its stems, branches and leaf stalks. This shrub is native to the eastern United States, specifically Missouri, and grows well in Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. However, it can be found as North as New York to as south as Florida, and westward in Texas, Ohio, and Illinois. The shrub can grow from 10 to 20 feet high and spread 6 to 10 feet wide. This shrub can also develop as a small tree at up to 35 feet tall. The devils walking stick shrub is a low maintenance shrub that can grow quickly in a variety of soils in full to part sun. This is a hardy shrub that can tolerate droughts and urban pollutants. This is a fast-growing plant that can spread rapidly and typically grows in bluffs, ravines, thickets, low upland woods, wood margins, fields, and pastures. In the summer the shrub produces flowers and black fruits. The flowers bloom July through August and grow in large panicles up to 2 feet long and attract pollinators. The fruits develop after the flowers from August through October. The fruits are widely enjoyed by birds, small mammals, opossums, raccoons, and foxes. The leaves are medium to dark green and turn pale yellow to purple-brown in the fall. These shrubs are best used in less traveled areas in remote areas of landscape as shrub borders. The bush can also be used cooking. The fruit can be enjoyed by humans, and young leaves can be eaten by chopping up finely and cooked as a potherb. The flowers and foliage are also often used as decoration.