Tetrapanax papyrifer

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A large lobed leafy shrub that can grow to 4m in the right conditions. Commonly called the Rice Paper plant in recognition of its use in China to make paper.


Will grow in full sun to part shade in a humus rich well drained soil. Once established will grow quite quickly. Leaves are glossy lobes and will produce small white flowers. Can be cut back hard after flowering to maintain a more compact form. A semi deciduous plant depending on its location. Can shed its leaves in autumn in cooler areas.

Landscape Uses

Great for creating height and texture at the middle to rear of garden beds. Can grow quite large with broad sculptural leaf form and flowers adding interest in summer. Perfect for exotic and tropical inspired gardens.


Height to 4m
Can spread to 2.5m