Kalopanax septemlobus fruit on ground 5popup

Beneath the extensive branch framework of Kalopanax septemlobus lays a carpet of fallen fruit. Further from the canopy edge are seedlings that have germinated from viable seed that may have been eaten and then regurgitated through a birds gut. With the mild weather to date this winter the seedlings have retained their leaves, the parent plant fully deciduous.

Kalopanax septemlobus 19340276A seedlings 3popup

Notable for their intensely spiny stem and multi lobed leaf each lobe of triangular shape.

Kalopanax septemlobus 19340276A seedling 2popup

Native to temperate Asia where it is found in forests from sea level to 2500m. Initially fast growing making a wide spreading crown, the large leaves react rapidly to water stress by drooping down reducing the surface area exposed to the sun.