Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’

Chinese rice-paper plant 'Rex'

(32 customer reviews)

Tetrapanax papyrifer is a superb large, suckering, semi-evergreen Taiwanese shrub producing immense and dramatically lobed leaves atop fast-growing stems. This plant is a spectacular architectural star that creates the tropical wow factor in the temperate garden.

The ‘Rex’ cultivar is a form selected for having even bigger leaves than the straight species.

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Origin: Taiwan
Genus: Tetrapanax
Species / Cultivar: papyrifer 'Rex'
Common Name: Chinese rice-paper plant 'Rex'

Plant Biography

Few plants have made such an impact upon their arrival into horticulture as the T. Rex. It has quickly usurped all others as the ‘must have’ plant for an unbeatable tropical look yet is a hardy and undemanding plant – given enough space!

It will be cut back by the winter frost, but each year it comes back fighting in spring in all but the very coldest of UK areas.

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4m
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: Semi Evergreen
May only remain evergreen in milder winters, or only loose leaves for a short period.

Expert Tip

Plant this beast back from paths and driveways to avoid damage to the leaves from passers-by!
Please Note:

Please Note:

This plant may suffer minor damage to the leaves when shipped via courier. Sometimes the leaves are even cut before shipping to avoid this as new ones will emerge quickly after arrival.

Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Suckers may appear some distance from the mother plant. Remove these while small to maintain a compact shape or leave in place to grow your own Tetrapanax jungle!

The stems are covered with a coarse powder which may cause an allergic reaction in some people when handled.

Recently bought a T Rex from the Palm Centre arrived promptly and well packaged, no damage, impressed by the actual size of the plant. Planted as per the comprehensive instructions and the plant is doing well and thriving – highly recommended

Andrew Walmsley

Recently bought a T Rex from the Palm Centre arrived promptly and well packaged, no damage, impressed by the actual size of the plant. Planted as per the comprehensive instructions and the plant is doing well and thriving – highly recommended

32 customer reviews for Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’

Just received my plants, barely had to wait and absolutely over the moon with them. Great quality, good specimens and very excited to get them, thanks for such great service, will definitely buy again!

Kerry B.

Recently bought a T Rex from the Palm Centre arrived promptly and well packaged, no damage, impressed by the actual size of the plant. Planted as per the comprehensive instructions and the plant is doing well and thriving – highly recommended

Andrew Walmsley

We are very pleased with our new T Rex plant, there are 7 large leaves and a new one coming. Very well wrapped, then boxed, and delivered on the day promised. No damage to the leaves and once plunged into a bucket of water it has bounced back into shape after being wrapped up. Worth every penny for such an unusual plant to add to our tropical garden.

Robert M.

My plant was lovely and a fantastic size. Unfortunately it was damaged in transit and arrived a day late. As per description I removed the leaves and look forward to new ones growing. Will definitely buy from them again. Thank you

Sarah H.

Order no PsW19530. Very disappointed paid £84.20 including delivery for a plant that is 100-120cm tall. The plant measures 84cm High!! Do I get a price reduction as I paid for a bigger plant?

David Deakin

Thank you for the swift delivery of my newly purchased Tetrapanex.
The quality is exceptional and the delivery time far exceeded my expectations and look forward to dealing with you again.
Regards Mike Mills

Mike M.

Unfortunately one of the branches had broken off

A J R.

I bought this a year ago. It was a nice little plant in good condition. With a very exposed site on the east coast of Scotland I was taking a risk with it and planted it in the most sheltered spot in my garden in part shade. It showed little sign of growth until around May this year but it is now growing fast into a very healthy and good looking plant, already around 60cm tall.

Barry S.

Arrived before due date so excellent service was well packaged looks in very good condition bigger than I was expecting so bonus overall really happy with palm centre highly recommend and will definetely will be purchasing again

Amanda moseley

Unlike the person who moaned about the long delivery time , I actually read my email and knew delivery would be on the 8/7 and it arrived today 9/7 as expected , well packaged , lovely plant with new shoots coming through .Thank You and Well Done

Barbara R.

Super happy with the quality of this tree. I will definately buy again from the Palm Centre.

caroline H.

The plant arrived in perfect condition and was as described on the website. Prompt delivery. Couldnt ask for more.

Alan B.

very healthy plant – would definitely buy from here again

Dan C.

Can’t fault the experience. Well done!!¿

Brian S.

I could wright long story as i am order this plant from another plant centre. This is lovely trusty busines. Plant arrive in lovely condition ,profesional wrap,quick. Highly recomended you and already done to my friends. Thanks for all.
Paul Edginton from The lake District.

paul E.

Having saw the ‘T-Rex’ plant on TV. Went on line and found it at Palm Centre.
Ordering it was simple, said it would be dispatched within 6 working days. Ordered it on the Tuesday and arrived Friday. Plant packaged very well, strong and healthy looking plant. Will be buying more plants from palm centre on line.
100% satisfied.

Martin B.

More expensive than the last one I bought a couple of years ago (elsewhere) but way better value because its about 5x the size at nearly 2 ft tall and really robust looking whereas the last one was just a weedy leaf and took a while to pick up. I want this to be fairly established in its spot by the time winter comes because were more exposed in this site so this is perfect, theyre great plants and this is the best quality one ive seen to buy.

Ingeniously packaged so it got here in one piece!

Frances B.

My plant arrived well packed with no damage. The plant looked great and is already planted. I’m so pleased I found this plant and excited to see how it grows.

Michael P.

I have been looking for one of these for a while but found it difficult to track down a decent specimen.
Really pleased with this good sized plan in very good order.
Very well packaged and delivered without any damage.
Would recommend and will be using this site again.

Anthony G.

Absolutely fabulous received my plants in perfect condition, Looking forward to see them grow and bloom very excited !! Customer thank you palm centre X

linda P.

Ive been looking for one of these for a while. Im glad I ordered from The Palm Centre. I spoke to a lovely lady before placing my order online yesterday; it arrived today. The plant was well packaged and in perfect condition. I look forward to planting it out in the garden. I will be ordering from this company again and hope to go and visit them (I live in Kent so will be a bit of a drive for me!).

Beverley G.

Been after one for a while after losing one years ago. Bought a young plant that came very well packaged, courier service excellent, was left in safe place as requested. 2 small leaves had been broken off in transit, I would imagine by being shaken about as main pot was undamaged and secure. Plant itself is a very sturdy looking, healthy young specimen, thank you. Will definitely be using again 🙂

Michael B.

very nice plant great condition , well packaged,arrived on time, all in all a great service from the palm centre

Paul W.

Very impressed with the size and quality of these plants…packaged very well…will certainly purchase from them again.


The Best online plant purchase I have ever made!!!!! Quality established well packaged items at great value,swift and very reasonable delivery cost.

Chris Wilson

Excellent service, plant well packaged and no damage.


Excellent service and beautiful, healthy, well packaged plant. Highly recommend! Thank you


Both plants arrived in a lovely condition. Good rooted healthy plants. Good price. Happy buyer. Fantastic service. Many thanks


So excited to see the plant arrive in excellent condition. The price was also great and packaging excellent as usual.


Just unpacked both my plants which look fantastic and exactly as described. Thank you so much but now can you do something about the weather so I can get out and plant them please? 😉


Lovely plant, arrived promptly and in perfect condition – as always.

Brian Watkins

Tetrapanax papyrifer Rex

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