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Kalopanax Genus

Castor oil tree

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.5 to 6.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Kalopanax genus (Castor oil tree). This genus contains deciduous trees which is indigenous to the cool forests of China, Korea and Japan. It is grown for its attractive foliage and fruit. They are fully hardy, but unripened wood on young plants is susceptible to frost damage. Grow in sun or semi-shade with fertile moist but well drained soil. Propagation is by softwood cuttings in the summer.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Trees

Other common names

Tree aralia

Origin

E Asia

Interest and use

Grown for its foliage and fruits.

Propagation

Softwood cuttings in summer.

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