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TETRAPANAX papyrifera 'Rex'

Commonly known as Rice-paper tree

Originating from Taiwan this unusual suckering foliage plant has huge leaves which can be up to 2 feet across. New shoots and leaves have a lovely brown indumentum
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    In colder areas
  • Evergreen
    Massive leaves with claw-like lobes.
  • White
  • Height
    5m (16ft)
  • Spread
    5m (16ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Thicket-forming, sparsely-branched shrub. Produces clusters of flowers in autumn.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
    Shelter from strong winds.
  • Partial shade

TETRAPANAX papyrifera 'Rex'

 
  • Additional Features
    Architectural interest
    Good to know
    Fast-growing. Talking point for a sheltered border in your garden. Flowers are attractive to bees.
    Pests & Diseases
    None
    Place of origin
    Southern China, Taiwan.
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf margin
    Lobed
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    Pruning group 4
    Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
    Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
    When: Annually in early Spring.

  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Tolerates all
    Any well-drained soil.
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
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Tetrapanax - Growing Guide
5m (16ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  5m (16ft)
 

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