Plants That Survive & Thrive on the OBX – Fatsia

— Written By Amy Jordan
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Fatsia japonica

Fatsia japonica


  • Partial sun to full shade.
  • All soil types; grows best in acidic, well-drained soil but tolerates sandy.
  • Moderate to fast growth.
  • Grows well outdoors or in containers indoors.
  • Drought tolerant once established.
  • No serious pest problems.


  • Prune any time of year to maintain shape.
  • Transplants easily.
  • Fertilize regularly except in the winter when it is not growing.

Fatsia japonica leaf

Fatsia’s glossy green tropical foliage makes it a standout in any landscape.

Fatsia japonica flower head


Fatsia has dramatic clusters of white flowers called umbels. Umbels are a group of flowers radiating from a central point. These flowers appear in October to November and last for several weeks.

Fatsia japonica with ripened fruit

Fruit ripens mid to late winter providing an excellent food source for birds that over winter here on the Outer Banks.

Check back in the coming weeks to learn about more plants that survive and thrive on the Outer Banks.

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