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Fatsia japonica

Review Notes: Preferred common name: Japanese aralia
Other common names: castor oil plant , fatsi , fig-leaf palm , glossy-leaved paper plant
Ultimate Height: 4m
Ultimate Spread: 4m
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 year(s)

Fatsia are evergreen shrubs with stout, sparsely branched stems bearing large, leathery, palmately lobed leaves and small white flowers in terminal compound umbels, followed by small black fruits.

F. japonica is a medium-sized evergreen shrub of open, spreading habit, with palmately-lobed leaves to 45cm in width and small white flowers in globose clusters. Fruits small, black.

Pruning
This group of evergreen shrubs bloom in summer and late autumn on the previous or current year's growth. They need little pruning. Prune lightly removing unsightly shoots as required in mid to late spring. Those shrubs recommended for hedges, topiary or foliage often tolerate heavier pruning.

Pests Can get scale insects , thrips and mealybugs .
Diseases May be affected by a leaf spot.

Soil Acid, Alkaline or Neutral. Moist but well-drained or well-drained. Chalk, Clay, Loam or Sand.
Aspect East, West or South facing. Sheltered.

Propagation
Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.

Flowers: White in Autumn.
Fruits: Black in Autumn.
Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen.

Suggested Plant Uses: Architectural, Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Low Maintenance or Sub-tropical

Supplied Height Approx 12" 1.95 + P&P







Plant Type:- Shrub
Colour:- White in Autumn

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