Scientific Name(s): Aralia spinosa
What: young leaves
Where: sunny fields
Nutritional Value: vitamins, flavanoids, phytochemicals
Dangers: very thorny
Close-up of spines on young tree (found on trunk and branches). Not how the grow in rings around the wood.
Unripe fruit photographed in August in Houston. Ripe fruit is red but NOT edible.
Leaves have a compound opposite layout.
Young leaves in the spring.
Texas distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture. The marked counties are guidelines only. Plants may appear in other counties, especially if used in landscaping.
North American distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture.
The young leaves of the Devil's Walking Stick tree can be eaten in the spring before the spines on the leaf stems stiffen. Finely chop the leaves then cook. The non-edible berries form in large clusters, starting out green in mid-summer and then turn red around September.