The Glossy-Leafed Giant of the Garden World

Welcome to the world of Fatsia Japonica, a plant that's as fun to say as it is to grow! This Japanese native, also known as the 'Glossy-leaf paperplant' or 'Japanese Aralia', is a garden showstopper with its striking jade leaves and onyx fruits.

Fatsia japonica

Shade To Partial Sun

Versatile for varying light, from low to moderate sun.

Moderate Water Needs

Needs regular watering (multiple times a week), but can manage occasional variations.

Highly Adaptable to Various Soils

Thrives in clay, silt loam, or sand, showing great adaptability.

Highly Adaptable Soil pH

Suitable for all pH environments, from acidic to alkaline.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Low Safety Risks For Pets

This plant has minimal safety concerns for pets.


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About Fatsia japonica

The Fatsia Japonica is a woody perennial bush that can reach an impressive height of 6 to 20 feet and spread 4 to 6 feet wide. Its glossy jade leaves are vase-worthy, adding a touch of elegance to any setting. In the autumn, it blooms with ivory flowers, followed by striking onyx fruits that add an unexpected pop of color.

Did you know that the name 'Fatsia' is an approximation of the old Japanese word 'fatsi', which means 'eight'? This is a reference to the plant's eight-lobed leaves, a unique feature that sets it apart from other garden plants.

Also known as

Glossy-leaf paperplant
Japanese Aralia
Japanese fatsia

Our design recommendations

The Fatsia Japonica is a versatile plant that can thrive in a variety of settings. It can be grown in a pot, suspended planters, or even on your porch. Its impressive size and unique features make it a standout addition to any landscape.