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botanical name:
Tetrapanax papyrifer
Tetrapanax papyrifer © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Rice Paper Plant, Toong Shue
synonyms:  Tetrapanax papyrifera, Tetrapanax papyriferus, Tetrapanax papyriferum, Aralia papyrifera, Fatsia papyrifera
family:  Araliaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 5.00m
width: 5.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit:
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: brown & green
main season: All Year
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 2°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
Tender large shrub or small tree, often suckering vigorously. Huge, deeply lobed leaves giving a very exotic appearance. The young emerging leaves are thickly covered with white felted hairs. Large loose panicles of creamy white rounded flowerheads in autumn, developing to black seeds.

cultivation:
Best in moist, humus-rich, fertile soil and sun or part shade. Will tolerate a range of soil conditions but needs a warm climate. However the rootsock appears to be more frost hardy than originally believed and established plants will often re-shoot after the stems have been cut back in winter.

propagation:
From seed or by separation of suckers.

usage:
Architectural plant for tropical plantings.

The inner pith of the stems is used to make "rice paper", commonly cultivated for this purpose in China.



other notes:
From Taiwan and possibly Southeastern China.
Closely related to Fatsia japonica.

RHS AGM

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