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Camouflage® Variegated Japanese Aralia

Fatsia japonica 'Variegata'

Each leaf of this showy shrub possesses an exquisite melding of yellow, lime and green, providing an illuminating effect in a dappled shade setting. Prized for its unique, highly textural foliage, it often blooms fall to winter, producing showy panicles of white flower clusters. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationFAT-si-a ja-PON-i-ka var-ee-GAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 5 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate winter, followed by showy seed clusters.
Design IdeasJapanese Aralia is a perfect foundation plant that provides rich green background foliage in partially shaded landscapes. Its large exotic leaves belie its ability to withstand some frost. Perfect lush foliage for absorbing glare around swimming pools and water gardens. Good subject for night lighting.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Poolside, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Ornamental Berries, Shade Loving, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Pet Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Astilbe (Astilbe); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Camellia (Camellia)

Thrives in humus-rich, acidic soils but highly adaptable. Best in bright to dappled shade. Shelter from harsh sun and wind. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish root system; tolerates brief dry spells when established. Apply an all-purpose fertilizer in early spring. Remove old, faded foliage for a tidy appearance.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-10

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