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Tetrapanax papyrifer - Rice Paper Plant
Working on getting this plant back in the field but it is currently not available listing for information only!

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Araliaceae (Ginsengs)
Origin: Taiwan (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Creamy White
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [T. papyriferus, Fatsia papyrifera, Aralia]
Height: 10-16 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Tetrapanax papyrifer (Rice Paper Plant) - A tall evergreen shrub often with a leaning trunk that grows 10-15 feet tall. The deeply-lobed leaves cluster at the top of the trunk on long petioles. The leaves are a gray green color and smooth above but the underside is covered with white, fine hairs which can be an irritant to eyes or skin. Winter-blooming creamy white flowers form large clusters. Plant in sun or shade in nearly any soil and water occasionally to regularly. Hardy at least to 18 F and in colder climates it can be frozen to the ground and sucker back up to regenerate rapidly. It is tolerant of salt laden winds and sandy soil so is useful in gardens near the ocean. It can travel around the garden, often popping up many feet from the existing plant but is not terribly pesty and it easy to remove when small. We have noted that it is fairly sensitive to Oak Root fungus Armillaria but often new shoots pop up just as older plants succumb. This interesting plant can lend a tropical flavor to the garden. It is endemic to Taiwan, but has been widely cultivated in many parts of the world in tropical, subtropical and mediterranean climate regions. Often listed as Tetrapanax papyriferus, the species is also spelled variously as "papyriferum" and "papyrifer", which The Plant List notes as being currently correct. The name for the genus is from the Greek word 'tetra' meaning "four" and 'panax' a related Araliaceae genus name in reference to the flowers being in fours and its resemblance to genus Panax. The species was once included in the genus Fatsia as Fatsia papyrifera and Aralia as Aralia papyrifer. The specific epithet, from a reference to the Egyptian Papyrus has to do with the pith of the center of the stem being used to make a substance commonly known as rice paper, but more properly is pith paper. We have grown this plant in our nursery since 1982.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Tetrapanax papyrifer.