Thrives in humus-rich, acidic soils but highly adaptable. Best in bright to dappled shade. Shelter from harsh sun and wind. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Takes brief drought when established. Feed with an all-purpose fertilizer before new spring growth. Prune only as needed for a neat appearance.Pruning time: spring.
- Light Needs: Full sun to Partial Shade
- Watering Needs: Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering. Once established, needs regular watering
The common names Japanese aralia plant and Japanese fatsia refer to the same broadleaf evergreen, known botanically as Aralia japonica or Fatsia japonica. The plant features huge, deeply lobed leaves that grow to about a foot in width atop long leaf stems that reach up and outward. The plant often leans to one side because of the weight of the leaves, and it can reach a height of 8 to 10 feet. Older plants may grow to a height of 15 feet.