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Plant Species of the genus Fatsia

Information about this genus
Name: Fatsia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Fatsias prefer moisture-retentive soil in sun or part shade. In warm climates they can be grown under trees. In shade they will even tolerate dry soil that is nutrient deficient, but will do better in reasonably fertile soil. In colder areas they need the protection of a south or west-facing wall. Under glass and in pots they need a loam-based compost, regular feeding, and watering during the growing season. Propagate from seed sown in autumn, from cuttings or by air-layering.
Description: This genus within the family Araliaceae contains only 3 evergreen species of thick-leafed small trees and shrubs whose natural habitat is the moist coastal woodlands of South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. These plants make good specimen plants for courtyards and terraces. They tend to sucker from the base, producing stems which can be trimmed off if necessary. The advantage here is that not only do the suckers make a fuller shrub, but the main stem can be cut out if it becomes unsightly. Tolerant of both pollution and salt spray and moderately frost hardy, in colder areas fatsias make good indoor and conservatory plants. Fatsias are grown mainly for their ornamental leaves. The variegated cultivars are less frost tolerant.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Fatsia japonica 8?11

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