|1||15C+||Indoor||Grow as a houseplant or under heated glass.|
|2||10 to 15C+||Indoor / Outdoor||Grow indoors, or outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot|
|3||5 to 10C||Tender||Grow outdoors in summer, and in a heated glasshouse in winter.|
|4||1 to 5C||Tender||Grow outdoors or under glass without risk of frost.|
|5||-5 to 1C||Half-Hardy||Hardy in coastal/mild/sheltered areas. Will not tolerate hard/sudden frost. May require winter protection in situ. such as fleece or straw mulch.|
|6||-10 to -5C||Hardy||May suffer at altitude, central/northerly locations, harsh winters, cold gardens and when grown in pots.|
|7||-15 to -10C+||Hardy||Will survive most severe winters but may be at risk in central/northerly locations and in pots. Top growth may be destroyed but will usually re-grow.|
|8||-20 to -15C||Hardy||Will survive severe winter, but may need protection when grown in pots.|
|9||-20C & Colder||Very Hardy / Hardy||in the severest European climates.|
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Originating from Taiwan
Massive, prehistoric-looking, and architectural. Unique and essential for Jungle-style gardens, growing quickly to small tree-like proportions with deeply lobed leaves over a meter wide. It develops a woody stem with suckers produced around its base and forms stands of lush, hand-shaped deciduous leaves. Even young plants, and suckers no more than a meter high can bear huge leaves, so underplanting around them can be tricky. Small suckers can easily be removed to allow for other plants to be added to a composition around them, or they can be left to form a spreading primordial-looking copse. The growing tip and leaf bases below it are all covered in fine rust-colored hairs, as are the undersides of the leaves, which can cause mildly itchy skin when working with the plants.
In late summer, large inflorescences (a branching structure bearing many flowers) appear at the growing tips of the trunks, bearing creamy white globe-shaped bunches of many individual flowers. The Araliaceae family characteristics are apparent in the flower, of which ivy, Tetrapanax, and fatsia are all members. Insects are attracted to the flowers just as they are with ivy, being an important source of nectar late in the season.
Easy to grow and root hardy in all but the coldest gardens. During harsh winters, e.g., below -6 degrees for several nights, the growing tip may be killed, but new growth usually shoots from the trunk. Colder temperatures result in the regrowth appearing lower down on the trunk, and very harsh winters mean it will regenerate from the roots. The largest leaves, maintaining peak condition, are achieved in full sun or dappled woodland shade where they are protected from strong winds.
Height and spread after 2 – 5 years 4m x 3m.