Genus: Rice-paper plant Tetrapanax Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner Rice-paper plant (Tetrapanax) tet-trah-PAN-aks Synonyms: Aralia Araliaceae The genus Tetrapanax has just one species ( T. papyrifer ), a suckering, evergreen shrub that can be grown as a small tree. It is native to woodland in southern China and Taiwan and produces large, lobed leaves and umbels of white flowers in panicle-like inflorescences that attract bees. Flowers are followed by clusters of black fruit. Grow in a sheltered border where hardy, or against a warm wall, in a container, or in a cool greenhouse where not hardy. Noteworthy characteristics: Large leaves; wooly flowers; black fruit. The flowers attract bees. May be invasive in some areas. Suckers can come up as far as 20 feet away from the parent plant. Care: Tolerates any well-drained soil in full sun. Provide shelter from wind. Remove suckers at the extremities to control spread. Propagation: Sow seed in a cold frame in the fall, or remove suckers in spring or summer. Problems: Infrequent. Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Tetrapanax 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rice-paper plant Tetrapanax papyrifer View the discussion thread.