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Location: Delaware Zone 7
Posted: Apr/20/2006 8:14 PM PST
I was so overwhelmed at the garden center today, got confused, and purchased this plant....Japanese Aralia aka Fatsia Jaonica. Now that i have it home, I don't think it will work where I wanted to put it. I've started a winding trail of 4 rose bushes, all shrub type and I'm going to use mulch for the path. I was actually looking for a small tropical type shrub to put at the end of the path, turning the corner into another area. This shrub gets 8-10-12 feet tall, according to the label. I love the leaves, though. Have any of you had experience with this? Can I keep it pruned and maybe just 3' tall? I have a shady back yard for my new shady rose bush patch, and this shrub likes the shade, too. Should I buy something else and put this shrub in a wide open space? Of course, I'm not going to take it back!
Location: Mississippi 7-b & 8-a zone
Posted: May/06/2006 2:53 AM PST
I had 5 fatsia in another yard in another lifetime. I love them too, but without proper care and/or pruning, they can get very leggy. I say proper care, but it may have been improper growing conditions as well. We lived on a rock at the time with 99% hardwood shade. Not the best conditions for a tropical type plant.
Posted: May/16/2006 10:37 PM PST
Unless you have a brick home with a south facing wall.
Then you can plant it and it will survive just fine.
Give it plenty of protection- especially from wind.
I have grown many perennials and such that are not hardy for my zone in such a way.
The brick gives off heat during the winter- my front yard stays 10 degrees warmer or more ! than my north facing back yard.
By the same token, because my back yard is so exposed, I have lost plants supposedly hardy to my zone.