Japanese Aralia ‘spider’s web’

evergreen shrub prized for its lush foliage of broad, palmate, dark-green leaves heavily speckled with white


fatsia japonica ‘spider’s web’
aka speckled Japanese aralia; false castor oil plant; Japanese figleaf palm
  • slow-growing evergreen shrub
  • leathery, glossy, deeply-lobed leaves
  • dark green & creamy-white speckling
  • clusters of small white flowers in autumn
  • black fruit
  • Frost hardy (down to -5)

H 2m
S 2m

part shade

moist well-drained


Notes: 2021 A Mother’s Day gift as this plant has been on my wishlist for several years. Less robust than the evergreen variety I grew in London so will keep potted in the front Cottage Garden for protection from winter snows and ice

…this shrub, variably called YATSUDE (八手-Eight-Hand), TENGU NO UCHIWA (天狗の羽内輪- the Mountain Goblin Feather Fan) or ONI NO TE ( 鬼の手- Devil`s Hands) among other names, has long* been one of Japan`s most common household garden plants. Tsuku blog