Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’
Chinese rice-paper plant 'Rex'
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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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.
The “Rex” group of Tetrapanax payrifer includes a series of seed grown specimens that have been identified in several plants in the UK. As the name is not that of an established cultivar, we cannot label our plants as “Rex”. The “Rex” form may be a genetic feat or a environment induced form, however this is still up for debate.
While closely related, the plants in this batch MAY be part of the “Rex” group. Some of the plants in this batch may be identifiable later in life as part of the “Rex” group, however identification of between plants is impossible at this stage.
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
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.