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A picture of a Chinese Rice-Paper Plant 'Rex'

Chinese Rice-Paper Plant 'Rex'

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex'

Also known as

Rice Paper Plant 'Rex'

Photo by AlanGardenMaster (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A green Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex' plant in a garden
A photo of Chinese Rice-Paper Plant 'Rex'

Chinese Rice-Paper Plant 'Rex' Overview

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex' is a showy cultivar from the Araliaceae family. It is a large shrub or small tree, growing quickly to around 2m in height. It produces downy branches and large, showy, deeply lobed leaves which can reach a metre wide. In autumn tall sprays of creamy flowers appear, followed by black fruits. Rarely gets above 3m in the UK climate. Only evergreen if kept frost free, otherwise the plant will be deciduous. In cold winters (-10 degrees Celsius) it will die back completely, regrowing from ground level in spring.

Common problems with Chinese Rice-Paper Plant 'Rex'

Generally trouble tree

    How to harvest Chinese Rice-Paper Plant 'Rex'

    Stems are cut to extract the pith which is then processed into a fine Rice paper

    How to propagate Chinese Rice-Paper Plant 'Rex'


    Sow seeds in autumn


    Remove suckers in spring or summer

    Special features of Chinese Rice-Paper Plant 'Rex'

    Attractive leaves

    Attractive flowers

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Chinese Rice-Paper Plant 'Rex'

    Plant in wall side borders to provide architectural interest. It also suits being grown in urban courtyard gardens and in coastal gravel gardens to provide a subtropical look.


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