Common name: Japanese angelica tree
Aralia elata is a deciduous shrub or small tree native to Eastern Russia, China, Korea, and Japan. It is a member of the family Araliaceae. Its foliage is bipinnate with each leaf made up of leaflets, and the leaflets made up of little leaflets. Aralia elata bears panicles of white, 5-petaled blooms. The blooms are very atttractive to bees. Clusters of blackish fruit (drupes) ripen in fall, and are enjoyed by birds that spread the seeds.
In Japan, the shoots which are picked from the ends of the branches are called Tara-no-me. These shoots are fried in tempura batter, and are said to taste like mild asparagus.
Aralia elata can be found on the Winter Walk.