Fatsia japonica on First Hill in Seattle in September 2013
Fatsia japonica is a big & beautiful evergreen shrub, with large & distinctive, palmate leaves. Interesting flowers, carried on broad panicles, resemble an explosion of golf balls. Fruits are black. As you would expect, Fatsia japonica is native to Japan & also Korea. It is often grown in pots placed near entries to buildings, or on shaded patios, where there is enough room. The size of the plant is limited by the size of the pot, but expect it to reach at least 5 feet tall & almost as wide. Fatsia japonica can reach 20 feet in the ground. It is an excellent plant for a large shade garden, lovely against the bare trunks of tall trees. Fatsia japonica comes in variegated forms such as Fatsia japonica 'Variegata' & Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web'. Too much sun will cause leaves to turn yellow. Click here for more Japanese plants.