Fatsia Japonica

Japanese Aralia

Evergreen Shrub

Japanese aralia (Fatsia japonica) has very large glossy green palm-shaped leaves. Bold glossy foliage is a striking foliage accent in shade. Complement with fine foliage, perhaps even in lighter tones, to create the foundation of a wonderful planting scheme. Fatsia japonica is up to the task of holding down the all-season structure.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10

Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Deep Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Average, Occasional, Regular / Even


Size: 48 - 120 tall x 60 - 120 wide
Shape / Form: Irregular, Rounded
Foliage Texture: Bold, Coarse
Foliage Quality: Bold, Coarse

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Birds, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest

Foliage Color: Green

Flower Color: Ivory / Cream
Bloom Season: Jan, Nov, Dec, Winter
Flower Shape: Panicle

Fruit Description: White

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Container, Erosion Control, Hedges and Screens, Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Specimen, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden, Deep Shade, Pollution Tolerant, Seaside / Salt Tolerant
Wildlife: Bees, Birds

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Great Plant Pick

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos