Fatsia Japonica

{ Glossy-leaf paper plant; Fatsi; Paperplant; Japanese aralia }


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About Fats

Resilient and sturdy, Fats can hold his own in just about any conditions, which makes him a perfect choice for urban or novice gardeners. He's your go-to guy for tricky areas where not much else can grow - basically, he's a hero.

In the autumn, he'll bloom clusters of white flowers which turn into black berries later in the season. Don't be surprised if your garden becomes a temporary aviary during this time, as birds are a big fan of Fats' fruit, and they'll keep coming back for more until it's gone. He can grow up to two metres tall, with large glossy leaves on long stems. You may find him leaning to the side as he gets bigger, as his leaves tend to skew one way and weigh him down.

Quick Facts:

Botanical name: Fatsia Japonica

Nicknames: Glossy-leaf paper plant; Fatsi; Paperplant; Japanese aralia

Plant type: Evergreen shrub / Outdoor

Toxicity: Non-toxic

Current height (including pot): 70-80cm; 80-110cm

Nursery pot: 23cm; 30cm

Pro level: Easy

How to care for Fats (Glossy-leaf paper plant)

The basics

He most enjoys a south- or east-facing sites, but is content in most spots that benefit from the occasional shade and shelter.

Fats is not the biggest fan of harsh easterly winds so keep him sheltered if your urban garden is affected by these.

Fats doesn't require much pruning but if he's getting too leafy or leaning too much to one side, you can cut him back to make space. He won't mind.

If he's to be planted in one of our 40cm pots, he'll need one of these 50L bags of multi-purpose compost.

Going the extra mile

Give him a proper trim annually to keep him looking fresh. Just cut down the entire plant to the ground at the end of the winter and he'll spring right back up better and brighter than before.