The Japanese aralia (Fatsia japonica)is a medium sized wide fully hardy perennial evergreen shrub with white and cream flowers in mid Autumn. It grows well in semi-shade and direct sun, and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are arranged in a inflorescence.
Some people call this the 'Castor Oil' plant, but that plant is actually Ricinus communis where castor oil is derived from. This plant is actually the 'False castor oil plant' because it is somewhat similar in appearance.
Fatsia japonica grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5 (extremely acidic ranges from 0 to 5.1) to 8.5 (alkaline ranges from 8.1 to 8.5). It is adapted to chalk, clay, clay loam, loam, loamy sand, peat, sandy clay, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils.
This is a erect shrub has a moderate rate of growth has an ultimate height of 4.5m / 14.8ft and spread of 3.5m / 11.5ft. It can take 11-15 years to reach its ultimate height.
It has green leaves. They arein shape.
The plant prefers a sheltered situation.
Architectural, attractive foliage, bank and slope, borders, city courtyard garden, cottage informal garden, tropical effect and attracting bees.
The brown and green stems have a bumpy texture.
Fruit and seed
The fruit is black and yellow. There is a fruit/seed abundance beginning in Winter and ending in Winter.
Japan (Southern).-15°C / 5F to 11-15 years 4.5m / 14.8ft 3.5m / 11.5ft
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|Specific epithet ?||japonica|
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|Japanese aralia (United Kingdom), False castor oil plant (Ireland)|
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