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False Castor Oil Plant

Fatsia japonica

Also known as

Fatsia, Castor oil plant, Aralia, Glossy-leafed paper plant, Japanese fatsia

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

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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False Castor Oil Plant Overview

Fatsia japonica is an evergreen shrub with large, distinctive, leathery, dark green leaves which are deeply lobed and it produces spherical white-cream 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! Commonly known by the names False Castor Oil Plant, Japanese Aralia and Japanese Fatsia, amongst others. Fatsia japonica has an upright spreading habit, it will grow to a beehive shape about 1.25m high. Also known as Aralia japonica.

Common problems with False Castor Oil Plant

They're rarely bothered by pests and diseases.

How to harvest False Castor Oil Plant

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate False Castor Oil Plant


Take greenwood cuttings in summer.



Special features of False Castor Oil Plant

Attracts bees

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Winter colour

Other uses of False Castor Oil Plant

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

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