FATSIA japonica

Commonly known as False castor oil plant, Japanese figleaf palm

Excellent glossy foliage and an attractive habit which makes for an architectural or feature plant
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Leaves with 7-11, usually toothed, lobes. Leaves are dark-green, 15-40cm (6-16in) long.
  • White
    Greenish white
  • Height
    1.5-4m (5-13ft)
  • Spread
    1.5-4m (5-13ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Spreading, suckering, rounded shrub. Creamy-white flowers on long stalks in autumn followed by small, black fruit
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade


  • Additional Features
    Architectural interest
    These plants have berries.
    Good to know
    Ideal in a shaded, sheltered courtyard or as a large container plant in a cool conservatory. Wildlife plant - insects.
    Pests & Diseases
    Mealybugs and scale insects under glass
    Place of origin
    South Korea, Japan.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Suitable for a shrub border
    Patio / pot plants
    Sub-tropical / mediterranean
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 6
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
    Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
    When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.

  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Rabbit Resistant
Fatsia - Growing Guide
1.5-4m (5-13ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1.5-4m (5-13ft)

Buy Varieties of FATSIA japonica

FATSIA japonica 'Camouflage'

FATSIA japonica 'Camouflage'

False castor oil plant, Japanese figleaf palm

(syn. 'Murakumo-nishiki') distinctive green and gold variegation.

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Available again from APRIL 2024 - When fresh stock arrives
FATSIA japonica 'Spider's Web'

FATSIA japonica 'Spider's Web'

False castor oil plant, Japanese figleaf palm

slow growing form with the leaves heavily speckled with white variegation sometimes spreading over a whole leaf

Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£20.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
FATSIA japonica 'Variegata'

FATSIA japonica 'Variegata'

False castor oil plant, Japanese figleaf palm

rarer variegated form with white or gold edging to the leaves

Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£27.50 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

Useful extras...

Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Grow Your Own
AFTER PLANT GROW YOUR OWN seaweed is ready to use liquid concentrate that was specially formulated be used on all edible plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Tomatoes
AFTER PLANT TOMATO FEED Liquid Concentrate with Bio stimulant is a high potash liquid concentrate containing seaweed extract, plant derived amino acids and other nutrients specifically formulated to benefit tomatoes and greenhouse plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
3 options from £3.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi
This specially adapted Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi will boost the growth of acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and blueberries. It contains ericoid and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which are found in poor acidic soils where ericaceous plants naturally grow.
Only £7.50

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Only £7.50

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