The Q&A Archives: Japanese Rice Paper Plant

Question: I am just trying to found out the name and growth habit of the Japanese Rice Paper Plant.

Answer: "Rice-Paper Plant" Tetrapanax papyriferus often grows as a multiple stemmed shrub reaching over 6 feet in height. In the south it may become weedy, as its roots spread very rapidly.

It is sensitive to cold weather, freezing back to the ground in winter, but usually returning in spring in the deep south. It has large leaves (10-15 inches across) that are fuzzy and have up to a dozen or more lobes or "fingers".

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