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False Castor Oil Plant

Fatsia japonica

Fatsia japonica.003 - Zapateira by Drow male (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

3m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

Fatsia japonica is an evergreen shrub with large, distinctive, leathery leaves which are palmately lobed and it produces spherical white flowers in dense clusters during the latter months of the year, followed by small black fruits. It has a spreading habit and is commonly grown as a garden ornamental, particularly suitable for shaded areas. It was favoured in the UK by the Victorians and Edwardians due to its fine architectural qualities!

Common problems

They're rarely bothered by pests and diseases.

    Harvesting

    Generally not harvested.

    Propagation

    Cuttings

    Take greenwood cuttings in summer.

    Seed

    Layering

    Special Features

    Attracts bees

    Attractive leaves

    Pot plant

    Winter colour

    Uses

    This low maintenance plant suits being used to provide architectural interest in urban courtyard spaces and sheltered flower borders in cottage style gardens.