FATSIA polycarpa 'Green Fingers'

Commonly known as False castor oil plant, Japanese fig leaf palm

Longer stalked, less glossy leaves than F. japonica. A recently introduced Taiwanese species which is frost hardy to -10º and has made a very attractive free standing shrub here
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FATSIA polycarpa 'Green Fingers'



  • Evergreen
    Rounded leaves to 30cm (12in) long with 5-9 elliptic, toothed lobes with long, slender points
  • Height
    3.5m (11ft)
  • Spread
    2m (6½ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Young branches, leaves and inflorescence initially brown-hairy, later smooth. Flowers in the form of rounded clusters to 2.5cm (1in) of about 20 appear in early winter followed by spherical, purplish fruits in spring
  • 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
  • Partial shade
    Light, dappled shade. Shelter from cold winds.
  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases - mealybugs and scale insects under glass. Outdoors cold winds can cause dieback and blackening of foliage
  • Place of origin
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Patio / pot plants
  • Sub-tropical / mediterranean
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • 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
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
Fatsia - Growing Guide
3.5m (11ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2m (6½ft)

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