Fatsia japonica

Japanese aralia, castor oil plant

(17 customer reviews)

The Japanese Aralia is a low maintenance, striking evergreen shrub with a notably tropical feel.

Fatsia japonica features iconic lobed leaves, and produces pleasing white flowers and black berries in autumn.

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

Plant Biography

Fatsia japonica is native to southern Japan and southern Korea, where it grows in coastal woodlands.

The name Fatsia comes from an approximation of the Japanese word for ‘eight’, which makes reference to its iconic 8 lobed leaves.

Fatsia japonica
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: 4-8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4-8m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
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

Fatsia japonica has particularly low maintenance requirements. It’s easy to care for planted in either full sun or part shade, and prefers a somewhat sheltered location.

Ordered 3 Fatsia’s, all received on time. Great quality, very healthy plants and all equally sized!

Amanda F.

Ordered 3 Fatsia’s, all received on time. Great quality, very healthy plants and all equally sized!

17 customer reviews for Fatsia japonica

Lovely plant which was larger than I expected. Great value for money as always and great service. The plant has nearly doubled in size since it was purchased back in January.

Paul Gray

Lovely healthy plant, size as anticipated, arrived quickly cant fault anything.
Thank you.

lynn clarke

Excellent service from order to delivery. Arrived next day in perfect condition and just what I wanted.

Philip A.

Plant slightly different than expected as it is a single trunk rather than the multi-stem plant in the photo, however it is absolutely beautiful and truly impressive in size and health. I’m delighted and would definitely buy again. Thank you Palm Centre!

Tom W.

Extremely healthy plant and amazing price for the size.

Lawrence Bowen

Fantastic quality, healthy, large and well cared for.
Well packaged and delivery was spot on.

Charlotte S.

Wow I absolutely LOVE my large fatsia it’s so beautiful & very healthy! It makes such a visual statement amongst my other jungle-themed planting. Took an extra day to get to NI but arrived in EXCELLENT condition! Happy Days!! First purchase from Palm Centre & after the superb service I received I doubt it will be my last 🙂

Nicola W.

Amazing big healthy plant, a lot bigger than I expected so Im super happy! Looks stunning in my garden.. Youll not be disappointed!

Sarah R.

Ordered 3 Fatsia’s, all received on time. Great quality, very healthy plants and all equally sized!

Amanda F.

Really lovely healthy plant . Very pleased with it . Nice and bushy. Well packaged .

Kelly T.

Really nice plant

Helen H.

Beautifully protected for transit. Super quality. Well worth the money. Thankyou.

joolz H.

Great quality plant, with plenty of new leaves, exactly as described. Arrived quickly and was well packaged. Would definitely order again. Thank you.

anna L.

Great service as always and plants in excellent condition.


Beautiful plant, arrived really well packaged in an excellent condition. Now planted it looks lovely, with many small leaves also ready to open up. Would definitely buy from you again, thanks.

Tracey Ross

IÂ’m very pleased with my wonderful new Fatsia and the speedy and careful delivery. The service by the Palm Centre has been very good and I will definitely recommend them. Thank you!


I bought this as a birthday present and they love it.Its already got a suitable place in the garden.Thank you