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.
Stems are cut to extract the pith which is then processed into a fine Rice paper
Remove suckers in Spring or Summer
South China and Taiwan
Full Sun, 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