Chinese Rice-Paper Plant
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.
Stems are cut to extract the pith which is then processed into a fine Rice paper
Sow seeds in Autumn
Remove suckers in Spring or Summer
North-Central, South-Central and southeast China and Taiwan
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Sand, Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
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.
Generally trouble tree