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Chinese rice-paper plant

Tetrapanax spp.

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.

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

Geography

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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