Fatsia Japonica or Japanese Aralia
This is a spreading evergreen shrub with deeply lobed dark green leaves. Its round creamy white flowers on long stalks appear in September to October, followed by black fruit.It is grown mainly for its attractive foliage and its liking for partial shade. If you have a shady spot in the garden with perhaps no so much direct sunlight, then Fatsia Japonica will reward with its large lush leaves and rich tropical appearance.
Fatsia Japonica will reach a max height of 1.5 to 2 metres with a max spread of 1.5 to 2 metres. It is frost hardy to -2 and as mentioned, it prefers a sheltered shady position.
Recipient of the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society, a sure sign that it will perform well in most gardens. Fatsia Japonica is now for sale at our London garden centre & online.
Fatsia Japonica, commonly referred to as Japanese Aralia or sometimes the Castor Oil Plant, is a spreading evergreen and exotic looking shrub. It has a disctinct tropical appearance and is handsome in looks with its big, glossy green leaves. It is a very useful plant for a very shady spot where little else will thrive.
Fatsia Japonica has large deeply lobed, glossy leaves with pointed tips on long, upright leaf stems. The foliage is deep green in colour and has a palmate shape. Each leaf has seven to nine lobes, which can reach up to 30 cm or 12 inches across.
In autumn, Fatsia Japonica plants produce showy panicles and clusters of creamy white flowers, which have a spherical shape. Japanese Aralia flowers are often followed by green and round fruit, which turns black after ripening.
Fatsia Japonica is ideal to plant in an exotic-style or tropical themed garden with its big, bold and beautiful appearance. The large, deep green leaves contrast well with ornamental grasses and bamboo. Japanese Aralia grows best in partial shade but can also be placed in a fully shady corner of your garden, where it can be the central attraction through its architectural shape.
Fatsia Japonica or Japanese Aralia is a member of the Araliaceae family, which is generally grown outdoors in frost-free climates
Japanese Aralia is easy to maintain. You just need to water it regularly in order to keep it happy. In spring, it can benefit from being cut back drastically almost to half of its actual size. You can pinch off the growing tips in order to encourage branching.