FATSIA japonica 'Spider's Web'

Commonly known as False castor oil plant, Japanese figleaf palm

Slow growing form with the leaves heavily speckled with white variegation sometimes spreading over a whole leaf
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Thick stems bearing hairless, 7-11-lobed, usually toothed leaves 15-40cm (6-16in) long
  • Height
    2.5m (8ft)
  • Spread
    2.5m (8ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Rounded shrub. Produces 5-petalled flowers 6mm (¼in) across in branching, long-stalked umbels 2.5-4cm (1-1½in) across forming bunches. Small, spherical, black fruit.
  • 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)
  • Partial shade

FATSIA japonica 'Spider's Web'



  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Tolerant of coastal exposure and atmospheric pollution. Good for a sheltered courtyard.
    Pests & Diseases
    Under glass - mealy bugs, scale insects
    Place of origin
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
    Greenhouse / conservatory
    Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
    Under glass use loam-based compost (JI No. 3)
    Patio / pot plants
    Sub-tropical / mediterranean
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf Colour (if not green)
    Silver variegated
  • 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
2.5m (8ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2.5m (8ft)

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