Japanese Aralia

Fatsia japonica

Large, exotic, rich green foliage adds an exciting and bold tropical look to landscapes and patios. Great in a shaded entryway or patio, or in a sheltered spot near a water garden or dipping pool. Perfect for outdoor containers or as a houseplant. Ideal for low light, urban settings. Winter flowers are followed by black ornamental berries. 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 juh-PON-ih-kuh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 5 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate Winter
Design IdeasAralia 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. Tuck into the understory of trees or between buildings. Thrives in large containers. Lush foliage is soothing to the eye and makes a lovely backdrop when featured in morning sun or dappled shade spots near swimming pools and water gardens. Good subject for night lighting.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Growth HabitRound
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 FeatureEasy 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 PlantsElephant Ear (Calocasia); Sweet Box (Sarcococca); Flowering Maple (Abutilon); Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra); Bush Lily (Clivia)

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: 8-11

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