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Fatsia Japonica Variegata is a stunning architectural foliage shrub with large glossy palmate leaves with a margin of cream coloured variegation. Fastsia Japonica, also known as Japanese Aralia Variegata, is a brilliant evergreen plant for those shady spots in the garden where little else will grow. You will find that Fatsia will enliven even the dullest corners. In the spring it will produce small cream flowers which are loved by bees and other pollinators. Following its flowers, small black fruits develop to provide food for birds in late autumn. Fatsia Japonica Variegata is a hard-working shrub for a wildlife garden.
Fatsia Japonica Variegata looks especially good planted with hardy exotic plants such as hardy palms, phormiums and bamboo. It will grow to around 2-2.5 metres high and spread just as wide but can be cut back to the ground and it will regrow from these. In other words, this plant is easy to get trimmed and shaped to the size you desire.
Even though it loves shady corners, please ensure you enrich the soil with plenty of good organic compost and take measures to keep the compost moist while the plant is establishing itself.
Fatsia Japonica Variegata is a recipient of the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society, a sure sign that it will perform well in most gardens.
How Hardy Is Fatsia Japonica Variegata
Japanese Aralia Variegata or the Castor Oil Plant, is hardy in most places in the UK down to sub-zero temperatures. It does not like hot, direct sun and is best kept in a shady situation. Some protection from cold drying winds is appreciated.
How To Use Fatsia Japonica Variegata
If you have a shady area, Japanese Aralia Variegata will thrive. Japanese Aralia Variegata will also grow well in a pot. With its exotic good looks, this shrub provides great contrast to bright shrubs and fills a space in the tricky mid-height area.
How To Care For Fatsia Japonica Variegata
Partial shade and moist soil is the best environment for Fatsia Japonica Variegata. They like sand, clay, chalk or loamy soils of any pH. This shrub will thrive in most gardens with little care.
It does not require pruning, but you can remove any damaged leaves or shoots at the base throughout the growing season. A yearly application of mulch around the roots produces brightly coloured shiny variegation.
Keep your Japanese Aralia Variegata moist and shady and it will provide interesting year round colour.