Fatsia japonica ‘Camouflage’
Japanese aralia, castor oil plant
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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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.
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.