Japanese Aralia

Fatsia japonica | Also known as: Castor Oil Plant, Glossy Leaved Paper Plant, Fatsi, Fig-leaf palm, Aralia japonica, Aralia sieboldii | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Castor Oil Plant. Much nicer in plant form than having to drink it!

Fatsia japonica, or the Japanese Aralia, is a wonderful evergreen plant that becomes decked with small black fruits during the winter months. Its foliage is dark green, and sometimes it flowers with small white blooms during the autumn. This sub tropical plant can cope admirably with our fickle British weather, and it’s often seen in architectural environments. However, it’s also a great choice for either city or cottage gardens, and is an easy to grow, low maintenance plant that beginners will have no problem successfully cultivating.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 3 - 4
Spread [m]
  • 1.5 - 4
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Rounded
  • Spreading
  • Suckering
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-10
Heat zone
  • H10-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 90 - 180
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Cottage garden
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Banks and slopes
  • Architectural
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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