Fatsia japonica - Japanese fatsia
One to three species of Fatsia
is native to Asia. It is a large shrub in the
same family as Algerian ivy and devil’s walking stick. It has large leaves and
relatively few, large branches. The leaves are rounded, deeply lobed, and
evergreen. Small, cream-colored flowers are borne in spherical clusters on a
branching flower spike. Flowers appear in late fall through winter.
See this plant in the shade under stairwells around campus.
Large shrub to about six to ten feet tall in the garden, reportedly capable of reaching fifteen feet tall.
Light: part shade, shade
Water: well-drained soil, drought tolerant, does not tolerate soggy soil
Soil: adaptable to soil types, no other special requirements
In Jacksonville, this plant is easy in a shady, well-drained site.