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Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' (Speckled Japanese aralia)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2m
Max height
2m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web'

Other names

Speckled Japanese aralia, Japanese aralia 'Spider's Web'

Genus

Fatsia Fatsia

Variety or Cultivar

'Spider's Web' _ 'Spider's Web' is a bushy, rounded, suckering, evergreen shrub with leathery, glossy, deeply-lobed, dark green leaves, heavily speckled creamy-white. Clusters of small white flowers in autumn are followed by black fruit.


Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' is: Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Rounded, Suckering

Flower

White, Insignificant or absent in Autumn

Foliage

Variegated, White, Dark-green, Spotted 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

Pruning

Pruning group 9.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' (Speckled Japanese aralia) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in moist, well-drained soil in partial shade. Shelter from cold, drying winds, protect from hard frosts. Variegated fatsia resent full sun. Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in bright filtered light. In growth, water moderately, feed monthly

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web'

Other names

Speckled Japanese aralia, Japanese aralia 'Spider's Web'

Genus

Fatsia Fatsia

Variety or Cultivar

'Spider's Web' _ 'Spider's Web' is a bushy, rounded, suckering, evergreen shrub with leathery, glossy, deeply-lobed, dark green leaves, heavily speckled creamy-white. Clusters of small white flowers in autumn are followed by black fruit.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Rounded, Suckering


Colour

Flower

White, Insignificant or absent in Autumn

Foliage

Variegated, White, Dark-green, Spotted in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Mealybugs , Scale insects , Thrips

Specific diseases

Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 9.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' (Speckled Japanese aralia) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in moist, well-drained soil in partial shade. Shelter from cold, drying winds, protect from hard frosts. Variegated fatsia resent full sun. Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in bright filtered light. In growth, water moderately, feed monthly

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' (Speckled 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 'Spider's Web' (Speckled 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 'Spider's Web' (Speckled 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.

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

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