Eleutherococcus sieboldianus  (Acanthopanax s.) five-leaved Aralia Araliaceae ACSI*; Bx, rd, vc; NY, ct, iw, rv; R, ar;

Acanthopanax sieboldianus.Dr. Bernard Demes.exten.dyndns.org

Acanthopanax sieboldianus. Dr. Bernard Demes.exoten.dyndns.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus is a low, slender arching shrub to 3 m tall, stems often elongate, vine-like, with sets of 1-3 short, downward-pointing prickles at nodes under base of leaf stalk, bark gray with numerous small, raised lenticels 

Leaves alternate, sometimes clustered at nodes, stalk to 8 cm, blade palmately compound, 5 or occasionally 7 leaflets, 2.5-3.5 cm long, 0.8-2.5 cm wide, oblong to widest above middle, pointed at both ends, dark green, margin coarsely toothed. 

Flowers greenish-white, radially symmetrical, star-shaped, small, petals 5, pointed; inflorescence small, rounded, umbrella-shaped clusters, to 2.5 cm wide on a stalk to 10 cm long, sexes on separate plants. 

Fruit fleshy, black to 0.6 cm wide, seeds 2-5; rarely produced (Brand 2001). 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Japan. 

Habitat: Overgrown horticultural sites. 

Notes: Apparently only female plants used in horticulture but shrubs spread vegetatively rather aggressively, shade tolerant (Dirr 1990; Rehder 1986).