A monotypic genus comprising the single shrub species called T. papyrifer or the Chinese rice-paper plant. It is endemic to Taiwan and spreads by suckering. It is cultivated for its large, showy, deeply lobed leaves, tall sprays of flowers followed by usually black fruits. In mild areas it will remain evergreen but turns deciduous or even herbaceous as the temperature falls.
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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

Special features

Origin

South China and Taiwan

Environment

Light

Full Sun, 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, White

Scent

None

Problems

Generally trouble tree
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