Rice-Paper Plant

Thu, Apr 10, 2008

Architectural

Rice-Paper Plant - Tetrapanax papyrifer
Latin name:
Tetrapanax papyrifer

Description: Ludicrously architectural plant that is literally jaw-dropping! It is a vigorous suckering shrub that is evergreen in mild areas. The huge, dark green, deeply lobed leaves, up to 1 meter across, are formed on long stalks giving a very dramatic appearance. The whole plant looks somewhat like a Fatsia on steroids! ‘Rex’ is considered to be the largest leaved form.

Hardiness: Hardy to about -8C for short periods. In cold areas the stems’ can be wrapped with horticultural fleece or sacking.

Height: 2-4.5m

Position: Full sun to dappled shade. Plant in a sheltered location away from desiccating winds and choose its final planting position well as this plant can become a monster.

Soil: Any well-drained garden soil with added organic matter

Water: Water well to establish and mulch thickly to keep in moisture

Usage: As this is such a dramatic plant, it needs plenty of room where it can be admired.

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