Fatsia japonica

Plant of the month: January

Fatsia japonica

A large evergreen shrub, the ‘False Castor Oil’ plant is a very architectural plant. Its glossy large palmate leaves are over 300mm across and in autumn it produces small umbels (rounded clumps) of creamy white flowers, followed by black fruits.

Fatsia japonica does not produce castor oil, that honour belongs to Ricinus communis.