Scientific Name: Fatsia japonica
Common Name: fatsia
Family Name: Araliaceae
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 8a: (-12 to -9.5 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen, Indoor foliage plant
Mature Size: 3 - 5m x 3 - 4m (height x width)
Habit: Spreading, Stiffly upright
Form: Round, Vase
Texture: Very coarse
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Indoor plant, Mixed shrub border, Specimen plant, Winter interest
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade, Deep shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Lobed, Alternate, Spiraled, Leathery, Heavily veined, Palmate venation, Glabrous, Lustrous, Oblong, Orbicular, Cleft (parted), Palmately lobed, Serrulate, Sinuate, Undulate (wavy)
Flowers: Umbel, White, Nov-Dec
Fruit: Berry (true), Black, Apr-May-Jun
Key ID Features:
Large evergreen shrub 3-5m tall; leaves alternate, orbicular, most 20-40cm wide, leathery, lustrous dark green, and palmately veined, 7-11 lobes with very deep sinuses, margin serrate, base cordate, petioles 10-30cm long; umbels 3-6cm wide, arranged in a panicle-like inflorescence, Nov-Dec.; berries 5-7mm wide, maturing purplish-black in spring (may not form after a cold winter).