Also known as Hercules' Club, this ornamental shrub or small tree produces the largest compound leaves in North America. The leaf blades can measure four feet long and two to four feet wide. They develop towards the top of the plant creating a tropical, umbrella-like appearance. Bees, wasps, and other pollinators will obsess over the large clusters of small, white flowers. While it can grow in sun or shade, it won't thrive as well under a dense tree canopy that creates shade all day.
Before planting, there are a few things to consider. Devil's walkingstick gets its name from the stout prickles that cover the stem; it can be a painful plant to encounter. It also suckers and will form a thicket. Remove root suckers or mow around the plant to prevent it from creeping into other areas of the landscape.
Uses: Hedgerow, pollinators, wildlife, ornamental
Bloom time: July - August
Height: 15 to 20 feet
Space: 6 to 12 feet
Sun: Sun to shade
Moisture: Average to moist