Fatsia japonica ‘Camouflage’

Japanese aralia, castor oil plant

(1 customer review)


Fatsia japonica ‘Camouflage,’ also known as Camouflage Japanese Aralia, is a captivating evergreen shrub celebrated for its striking and variegated foliage. The large, glossy leaves with intricate patterns of creamy white, green, and soft pink resemble a captivating camouflage effect, adding drama and visual interest to any landscape. ‘Camouflage’ thrives in partial to full shade and well-draining soil, making it a hardy and versatile plant.

With a moderate growth rate, it can reach a height of about 1.5 to 2.5 metres. This eye-catching shrub is a perfect choice for shady areas, creating an enchanting backdrop and a mesmerising focal point in any garden or outdoor setting.


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Origin: Southern Japan and South Korea
Genus: Fatsia
Species / Cultivar: japonica 'Camouflage'
Common Name: Japanese aralia, castor oil plant
Synonym: Aralia sieboldii

Plant Biography

Fatsia japonica, commonly known as Japanese Aralia or Aralia japonica, is a species of evergreen shrub native to the southern regions of Japan and South Korea. The plant was first introduced to Europe in the mid-1800s and later gained popularity as an ornamental shrub in gardens and landscapes worldwide.

Its large, glossy leaves and striking appearance have made it a sought-after choice for shady areas. Over time, various cultivars, such as ‘Camouflage’ with variegated foliage, have been developed to enhance its visual appeal. Today, Fatsia japonica continues to be cherished for its elegant beauty and adaptability, making it a beloved addition to gardens and indoor settings alike.

Fatsia japonica 'Camouflage'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Eventual Height: 1.5-2.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-2.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Fatsia japonica looks fantastic planted amongst other plants with a particularly tropical feel, such as bamboo or palms.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Caring for Fatsia japonica ‘Camouflage’ is straightforward. Place it in partial to full shade, away from direct sunlight. Use well-draining, fertile soil, and water regularly to maintain consistent moisture. Avoid waterlogged conditions and protect it from severe frost. Prune to remove dead leaves and improve airflow. Feed with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser during the growing season.

This plant grows at a medium pace and reaches approximately 1.5-2.5 metres after 5-10 years. It can easily be pruned back in the spring to encourage new growth if it gets too leggy.

1 customer review for Fatsia japonica ‘Camouflage’

Great healthy plant. Well packed and larger than expected

mark nellist (verified owner)