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Tetrapanax Rex

For sale by Paddock Plants

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The ultimate in architectural plants, with huge palmate leaves with claw-like lobes. Quite extraordinary. White flowers in the autumn, too. Sheltered sunny spot – will regrow from base if cut down by hard frosts. Any well drained soil. 6 feet plus.

Tetrapanax Rex | Rownhams, Hampshire, SO16
Tetrapanax Rex | Rownhams, Hampshire, SO16
Tetrapanax Rex | Rownhams, Hampshire, SO16
Pot SizeTotal Price
2 litres

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Grower Notes

The influence of BBC Gardeners' World cannot be underestimated. As soon as this plant had featured on the programme, interest in it suddenly surged. We find this happens quite a lot with the more uncommon species.

Plant Finder: about the Tetrapanax genus

Common names

Rice paper tree, Chinese rice paper plant, Tung-tsau


Tetrapanax genus (Rice paper tree). This genus consists of one species of evergreen, suckering shrub or small tree with summer to autumn-flowering, which produces very large, fan-like leaves.


They are half hardy and will require full sun or partial shade with humus-rich, moist but well drained soil. Leggy stems may be cut back to near ground level in winter.

Interest and use

Grown for its foliage. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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