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Fatsia japonica

Japanese aralia

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


Fatsia japonica

Plant details

Often grown as a foliage houseplant for cool situations, Fatsia japonica is also a very successful shade-tolerant garden plant. The large glossy leaves make it a useful addition to tropical-type planting plans. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Fatsia japonica in a seaside gardens or against a sheltered wall inland – hard frost can injure the leaves but plants will recover if the roots are protected from frost. Plant in spring to allow time to establish before the frosts. Remove berries to increase leaf size, and water and feed regularly.

Family: Araliaceae

Genus: Fatsia

Species: japonica

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: July to September

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what a great trouble free plant -in our 1000 ft above sea level garden it has survived and thrived through everything the welsh hilltop weather throws at it !!

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