Chinese Rice-Paper Plant

Tetrapanax spp.

profile iconTetrapanax papyrifer - Lyman Plant House, Smith College - DSC04380
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profile iconTetrapanax papyrifer - Lyman Plant House, Smith College - DSC04380
by Daderot (CC0)
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Tetrapanax is a monotypic genus containing just 1 evergreen shrub or tree species known commonly by the name Chinese Rice-Paper Plant. It is endemic to parts of China and Taiwan and spreads by suckering. Cultivated for its large, showy, deeply lobed leaves, tall woolly sprays of flowers followed by black fruits. In mild areas it will remain evergreen but when grown in colder climates, may be deciduous and lose its foliage. In cold winters (below -10C) aerial parts of the plant will suffer but will regrow in spring. Rarely gets above 3m tall in the UK climate.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Autumn

Fruiting time

Winter

Harvesting

Stems are cut to extract the pith which is then processed into a fine Rice paper

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in Autumn

Suckers

Remove suckers in Spring or Summer

Special features

Attractive leaves

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

North-Central, South-Central and southeast China and Taiwan

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Sand, Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

Plant in wall side borders to provide architectural interest. It also suits being grown in urban courtyard gardens and in coastal gravel gardens to provide a subtropical look.

Personality

Family

Araliaceae

Flower colour

Cream

Scent

None

Problems

Generally trouble tree
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