Fatsia japonica

Scientific name: Fatsia japonica


Common names: “Japanese aralia” “fatsia”

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub


Zone: 8-10

Light: Part shade – deep shade, handles more sun with lots of water

Exposure: Sheltered from cold winds

Soil: Fertile humus rich

Moisture: Moist – average well drained


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Plant Size: H 9-12′ W 6′

Leaf and Stem shape: Palmate deeply-lobed leathery leaves

Flower: Small white flowers in spherical clusters, followed by black fruitsImage result for fatsia japonica

Pruning: Can be cut back anywhere, handles a very hard rejuvenation prune, prune to shape and size in early Spring

Maintenance: Mulch, may be killed to the ground some winters

Landscape use: Mixed borders, screens, cottage and informal gardens, containers

Propagate: By cuttings

Pests & Disease: Deer will eat what they can reach sometimes

Comments: Creates a tropical look but better in the background than in the spotlight

Cultivars: F. j. ‘Variegata – ~AGM winner, cream margins on leaves

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