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Tetrapanax papyrifer (Rice-paper plant)

Tetrapanax papyrifer Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Tetrapanax papyrifer tet-trah-PAN-aks pap-ih-RIF-er Common Name: Rice-paper plant Synonyms: Aralia papyrifer, Fatsia papyrifer, T. papyriferus Genus: Tetrapanax
Large—to 20 inches across—almost rounded, lobed leaves colored a downy gray-tinged green contrast beautifully with almost any companion plant. This thicket-forming, sparsely branched, evergreen shrub, which behaves like an herbaceous perennial in Zones 6 and 7, produces thick, leafy shoots topped by white flowers borne on branching stems to 20 inches long in fall.
Noteworthy characteristics: Flowers attract bees.
Care: Provide well-drained soil in sun or part shade. In Zones 6 and 7, plant early in the season, then spread a deep mulch of crumbled leaves at least 18 inches beyond any of its shoots in late fall. Good drainage and extra heat help this plant to overwinter. It spreads vigorously once established.
Propagation: Remove suckers in spring
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Fast Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Fall; Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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