Fatsia polycarpa ‘Green Fingers’

aralia Green Fingers


Only recently having become available, this is an exciting evergreen foliage plant that will do well in a sheltered garden.

Fatsia polycarpa ‘Green Fingers’ has attractive leaves that are palm like, with narrow ‘fingers’ which add to the tropical effect. For best effect it should sheltered by a wall, a fence or a hedge and is excellent combined with other plants.


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Origin: Tiawan
Genus: Fatsia
Species / Cultivar: polycarpa 'Green Fingers'
Common Name: aralia Green Fingers

Plant Biography

Fatsia (Araliaceae) occurs in mountainous areas of Taiwan where it grows in open forest, only to about 6 or 7m tall. Its lobed leaves seen from underneath present attractive silhouettes against blue skies. The nomenclature for Fatsia is somewhat muddy, with various authors placing it in differing families over the decades.

In the UK garden it also makes for a perfect choice for pot or planter on the patio, so long as it is moved to a protected spot over winter.

Fatsia polycarpa ‘Green Fingers’
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: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 2.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2m
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

Grow Fatsia polycarpa against a dark background to best show off its delightful leaves.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Fatsia polycarpa demands minimum care once established. it largely looks after itself, requiring only an occasional watering in very warm or dry weather. Old leaves can be removed or left on to abscise naturally.

In spring it produces umbels of creamy white flowers and thereafter, small, round, black fruits.


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