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Tetrapanax papyriferus/Rice Paper Plant

Tetrapanax papyriferus / Tetrapanax papyriferus
Tall stalked floral units in early December
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Tall stalked floral units in early December

Mammoth sized leaves silhouetted against the sky

Stalks of fuzzy flower buds in early winter

Buds just before opening

Stalks of open flowers during the winter

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Scientific Name: Tetrapanax papyriferus
Common Name: Rice Paper Plant
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Winter
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Winter
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This plant produces huge felty leaves one to two feet across. Rice paper plants grow in a wide range of soil conditions from relatively dry to very moist. Plants tend to sucker freely and growth may need to be restricted by periodic removal of young plants. Severe freezes will kill plants to the ground but plants will sustain only leaf injury during mild winters. Well adapted to positions near buildings with southern, southeastern, and northern exposures. Do not handle stems and leaves because the tomentose fuzz rubs off and can be very irritating to the respiratory system.