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Encyclopedia > Aralia elata
Japanese angelica-tree
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Apiales
Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Aralia
Species: elata
Binomial name
Aralia elata Seem.

The Japanese angelica tree (Aralia elata) is an upright deciduous small tree or shrub up to 6 meters in height, with large double pinnate leaves. It is known as tara in Japan. Japanese angelica tree prefers deep loamy soils in partial shade, but will grow in poorer soils and in full sun.


  • Leaf - large(2-4 foot long), doubly pinnate, alternate leaves.
  • Flower - small white blooms in large panicles from July to August.
  • Fruit - small black drupes.
  • Bark - rough and gray with prickles.

In Japan, the shoots are eaten in the spring. They are picked from the end of the branches and are fried in a tempura batter.

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Plant Fibers (5664 words)
ice paper, another ancient paper from the Orient, was made originally from the pith of the rice paper plant (Tetrapanax papyriferus), a member of the aralia family (Araliaceae).
Another leaf fiber plant in the same family as Agave is the genus Yucca.
The sun-dried leaves of Yucca elata are used extensively for the main visible white coils in baskets of native North American people, including the Papago, Pima and Havasupai.
Deep Shade Plant List (1122 words)
Aralia elata Albomarginata - (Albomarginata Japanese Angelica Tree)
Aralia elata Aureovariegata - (Aureovariegata Japanese Angelica Tree)
Aralia elata Variegata - (Variegated Japanese Angelica Tree)
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