Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex'

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’

Rice-paper tree

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex'
  • Common name: Rice-paper tree
  • Family: Araliaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Deciduous
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Perfect for exotic planting schemes, rice-paper tree, Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’, is a fast-growing, woody shrub bearing huge, deeply lobed, fresh green leaves up to 60cm across.

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Native to Taiwan, it’s a hardy plant and is suitable for cultivation across the UK. In milder regions it’s almost evergreen but further north it will shed its leaves in autumn. In the far north it may be necessary to offer winter protection.

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Grow Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’ in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Remove faded leaves as and when they appear tatty, and prune back to size in autumn, if necessary.There’s usually no need to prune but you can cut back to size in late-winter if desired. 

How to grow Tetrapanax 'Rex'

  • Plant size

    4m height

    2.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Tetrapanax 'Rex' and wildlife

Tetrapanax 'Rex' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Tetrapanax 'Rex' poisonous?

Tetrapanax 'Rex' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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