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Fatsia japonica (Japanese aralia)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4m
Max height
4m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Fatsia japonica

Other names

Japanese aralia, Glossy-leaved paper plant, Castor oil plant, Fatsi, Fig-leaf palm

Genus

Fatsia Fatsia

Species

F. japonica - F. japonica is a medium, spreading evergreen shrub with palmate leaves, clusters of small white flowers and small, black fruit.


Fatsia japonica is: Evergreen

Habit

Open stems, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White, Insignificant or absent in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Mealybugs , Scale insects , Thrips Mealybugs , Scale insects , Thrips

Leaf spot Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Fatsia japonica (Japanese aralia) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Sub-Tropical, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Fatsia japonica

Other names

Japanese aralia, Glossy-leaved paper plant, Castor oil plant, Fatsi, Fig-leaf palm

Genus

Fatsia Fatsia

Species

F. japonica - F. japonica is a medium, spreading evergreen shrub with palmate leaves, clusters of small white flowers and small, black fruit.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Open stems, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White, Insignificant or absent in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Mealybugs , Scale insects , Thrips

Specific diseases

Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Fatsia japonica (Japanese aralia) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Sub-Tropical, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Fatsia japonica (Japanese aralia)

Common pest name

Leaf spot: ginseng; Leaf spot: ornamentals

Scientific pest name

Alternaria panax

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A leaf spot disease; some commonly grown pot plants are hosts but main damage is to ginseng.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Fatsia japonica (Japanese aralia)

Common pest name

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Scientific pest name

Ceroplastes rubens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Fatsia japonica (Japanese aralia)

Common pest name

Stubby-root nematode

Scientific pest name

Trichodorus cedarus

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous nematode pest from Asia; occasionally intercepted by the UK. Causes direct feeding damage on plant roots and has the potential to vector viruses.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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, my japonica is about 5 years old? or so. It has been fine until the last month. It is still green but all the leaves are drooping. I did feed it and water it two to three weeks ago, but it hasn't improved. Can't remember seeing it like this before. Any

Hi, my japonica is about 5 years old? or so. It has been fine until the last month. It is still green but all the leaves are drooping. I did feed it and water it two to three weeks ago, but it… read more

Planted a Fatsia 6 weeks ago and looked great from the day of planting. However, over the past week it is losing its lovely dark green colour and becoming paler with some of the leaves yellowing. Karen

Planted a Fatsia 6 weeks ago and looked great from the day of planting. However, over the past week it is losing its lovely dark green colour and becoming paler with some of the leaves yellowing.… read more

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Hi,I planted a Fatsja last year and within weeks some of the leaves started to look brown on the edges, then curled in. later on all the new leaves did the same. I cut the effected leaves but the new… read more

No flowers on Fatsia Japonica

Hi all,I planted my fatsia Japonica in July 2009 and thought I would have seen some flowers this year. While he has grown twice the size and is looking gorgeous, we are still waiting for the… read more

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