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botanical name:
Fatsia japonica 'Variegata'
Fatsia japonica 'Variegata' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  False Castor Oil Plant
family:  Araliaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 2.40m
width: 2.00m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: white & green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: green
main season: All Year
aspect: part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -10°C
USDA zone: 8 to 11
Large, shiny, palmately-lobed leaves that are irregularly edged and splashed with white. Thick, erect stems. It has candelabra-like creamy white flowers in October, followed by blue-black fruits. Comparatively unusual.

Best in moist, humus-rich, acid soils, but tolerates a wide range of conditions, including light-sandy and heavy-clay soils. May become chlorotic in nutrient deficient soils. Prefers shade.

Good for shady areas such as town courtyards. Exotic appearance but hardy.

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