Devil’s Walking Stick

Arbor Walk #121

This tree has many interesting features including late summer flowers, juicy black drupes, gigantic compound leaves, and sharp prickles covering many parts of the plant.

The white flowers grow in 2′ long clusters that really stand out in urban settings. These flowers are replaced with equally impressive cluster of black, spherical fruit. Then the massive bipinnately to tripinnately compund leaves are the largest leaves in continental North America at 5′ long and 4′ wide. Lastly, the spines covering the leaf stalks, stems, branches, and bark are also a stand out, but be careful! These spines are very sharp and will hurt if you are punctured.

Common Name(s)Devil’s Walking Stick,
Hercules Club
Latin NameAralia spinosa
Indigenous Name(s)
Commercial Name

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