2018's Great American Tree Competition

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Aralia spinosa, Devil’s Walking Stick

Woodlands Garden
932 Scott Blvd
Decatur, GA 30030 
Height: 33.1 feet
Circumference: 15.8 inches

Spread: 10 feet
Diameter: 5.03 inches

 

The Devil’s Walking Stick, Aralia spinosa, located at Woodlands Garden is a Champion Tree of metro Atlanta. This tree is cared for by the staff of the public garden and can be visited any day of the year by visitors for free. The sharp thorns found on the trunk, branches, and leaves give Devil’s Walking Stick its common name. In summer, this Champion provides a unique canopy of the largest compound leaf of any native tree with each leaf growing up to 5 feet long! The large clusters of flowers rise above the foliage like a beacon enticing pollinators like native bees. Come visit and see this Champion Devil’s Walking Stick for yourself!

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GRAND PRIZE: $500

SECOND PLACE: $250

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