Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

DEVIL'S WALKING STICK
Aralia spinosa
Araliaceae

Leaves are VERY large and bi- or tripinnately compound, alternate, toothed, and deciduous with spiny petioles and a spiny rachis. Twigs are stout with sharp prickles surrounding U-shaped leaf scars. Bark is brown and rough. Flowers are showy with a green-white hue and very noticeable in summer. Fruit is a black juicy drupe. Devil's walking-stick appears as a giant barbed stick or walking cane on a range of sites in the southeastern U.S. and is intolerant of shade. It can form thickets. The fruit is eaten by birds.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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