• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex'

Chinese rice-paper plant 'Rex'

  • Other common names Chinese rice-paper plant 'Rex'

  • Family Araliaceae

  • Genus Tetrapanax are suckering, evergreen shrubs or small trees, with large, palmately-lobed leaves. The flowers are produced in large, woolly sprays, attractive to bees, followed by black fruit

  • Details 'Rex' is a large shrub or small tree, producing upright stems topped by huge, deeply lobed leaves, up to 1m across. If kept frost-free these are evergreen; with mild frosts the plant is deciduous, and with harder frost will die to ground level then reshoot from the roots. Creamy pompoms of flowers are produced in large sprays in autumn, followed by black fruit. Can be invasive by suckering


  • Foliage Evergreen or Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Sand


  • Chalk


  • Loam


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Protect from cold winds and provide a deep mulch over winter in cold areas

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in autumn, or by removing suckers in spring or summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Gravel Garden Patio & Container Plants Sub-tropical

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1 or Pruning group 7

Pests Generally trouble free

Diseases Generally trouble free

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