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Chinese Rice-Paper Plant

Tetrapanax spp.

Also known as

Rice paper tree, Chinese rice paper plant, Tung-tsau

Tetrapanax papyrifer - Lyman Plant House, Smith College - DSC04380 by Daderot (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Chinese Rice-Paper Plant Overview

Tetrapanax is a monotypic genus containing just 1 evergreen shrub or tree species known commonly by the name Chinese Rice-Paper Plant. It is endemic to parts of China and Taiwan and spreads by suckering. Cultivated for its large, showy, deeply lobed leaves, tall woolly sprays of flowers followed by black fruits. In mild areas it will remain evergreen but when grown in colder climates, may be deciduous and lose its foliage. In cold winters (below -10C) aerial parts of the plant will suffer but will regrow in spring. Rarely gets above 3m tall in the UK climate.

Common problems with Chinese Rice-Paper Plant

Generally trouble tree

    How to harvest Chinese Rice-Paper Plant

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

    How to propagate Chinese Rice-Paper Plant


    Sow seeds in Autumn


    Remove suckers in Spring or Summer


    You can propagate from seeds, suckers or cuttings in early spring.

    Special features of Chinese Rice-Paper Plant

    Attractive leaves

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Chinese Rice-Paper Plant

    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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