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.
  • 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

FATSIA japonica



  • Additional Features
    Architectural interest
    Good to know
    Ideal in a shaded, sheltered courtyard or as a container plant in a cool conservatory. Wildlife plant - insects.
    Pests & Diseases
    Mealybugs and scale insects can be a problem in greenhouse - outside cold winds can cause dieback
    Place of origin
    South Korea, Japan.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
    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.

    RHS group 9 & 11
  • 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 '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
£18.50 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

£27.50 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

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