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Fatsia japonica Variegata


Japanese aralia

Unusual variegated foliage

The large glossy green leaves, mottled with cream give this plant a uniquely interesting appearance and its shining leaves create a tropical effect. An architectural subject it grows to 1.2m (4ft) with a similar spread and it is an excellent choice for a town courtyard garden, or shaded balcony. Striking white flowerheads appear at the end of the stems in winter, occasionally followed by black berries.


Plant in shade or semi shade in a border, under deciduous trees or in a pot. Needs protection from extreme cold. Good with other white and green variegated evergreens.


Any well-drained fertile soil that is not too dry. Remove any dead leaves or frost-damaged shoots in spring. Older plants can be pruned hard to rejuvenate them.

Often called castor oil plant, fatsia can be grown as a houseplant

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering October - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 150 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, City garden

Typically available

From April to September