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Fatsia Japonica - Japanese Aralia - Glossy Paper Plant
Fatsia is a cold hardy tropical shrub with large, bold and glossy leaves that can be grown outdoors year round as far north as USDA Zone 7b. Get all the details about this plant and planting and care instructions below. Rest assured, when you buy plants online from Wilson Bros Gardens we ship very healthy and fully-rooted container grown specimens that are ready upon arrival to plant and thrive for years to come in your landscape - GUARANTEED!

Fatsia Japonica - Japanese Aralia - Glossy Paper Plant

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Fatsia Japanese Aralia
Fatsia japonica 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a (7b?)-10b   Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8a, where this Fatsia is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Bring the look of the tropics to the shady spots in your landscape with this cold hardy, evergreen tropical shrub we call Fatsia...what others might call Japanese Aralia or Glossy Paper Plant. This large, cold hardy tropical shrub with large, bold and glossy leaves can be grown outdoors year round as far north as USDA Zone 8a (maybe 7b?). In Zones north of 8a it can be grown in a large container that can be brought indoors during the coldest part of winter, or you can grow it year round as a house plant. In our north-central location it remains evergreen throughout the winter. If temperatures drop to 0 to 10 degrees F the foliage may die back to the ground but new growth reliably emerges in spring. Unique, rounded clusters of creamy white flowers appear in fall persisting into winter, adding even more delightful interest to the landscape. It tolerates salty air, heat, and humidity extremely well.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a large mound 5 to 8 feet tall and equally as wide, Fatsia japonica is ideal for use as an accent, in groupings, or as a natural low hedge in shady to partially shaded home foundation plantings, landscape borders and garden beds. In home foundation plantings, it does best on the east side of the home, which receives the morning sun but shade in the afternoon. Very nice around garden ponds and in tropical-look gardens. Fatsia also makes a great container plant for use outdoors or as a year round houseplant. For those who live and garden north of USDA Zone 8a, containers can be overwintered indoors.




Cultural Preferences

Fatsia are exceptionally easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained soil of average fertility and part shade to shade. Avoid direct afternoon sun. Morning and late evening sun is okay. Constantly soggy soil or standing water is problematic, so plant in a well-drained site. Fatsia make great container plants and can be enjoyed indoors where not winter hardy.

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a (7b?)-10b   Find Your Zone
Shrub Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  5-8'
Width at Maturity: 5-8'
Spacing:  5' for solid hedge;  10'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Upright 
Flower Color:  Creamy White
Flower Size:  Small in Rounded Clusters
Flowering Period:  Late Winter
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Deep Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Drought (when established), Heat, Cold, Humidity, Insect, Disease
Sun Needs:  Shade, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or Filtered Sun, or All Day Filtered Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Moist but Well Drained
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.0 (Acid to Neutral)
Maintenance / Care:  Low if any



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