Rice Paper Plant

17 May

Rice Paper Plant (Tetrapanax papyriferus) evergreen shrub, moderate growth to 10-15 ft. in height, stiff panicles of white flowers in winter, large (1-2 ft.) tropical, gray-green foliage, full sun to full shade, drought tolerant, deer resistant, great silhouette against walls or in combination with other bold leaf plants for tropical effect.

Tetrapanax papyriferus is a fast growing evergreen shrub, often has multiple trunks. The foliage is dramatic, 1 to 2 feet wide, deeply lobed, gray-green leaves that are held on long stalks. Clusters of creamy white flowers bloom in winter at the end of the stems. They need some shade from the noon sun in hot climates, and do not tolerate high winds, or hard freezes. Suckers may appear 20 feet away from the parent plant, so it can travel. Often planted for a tropical effect against walls, near patios, in combination with other bold leafy plants. The thick stem pith was used to make Chinese rice paper.

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