Japanese aralia. An evergreen shrub with stout, sparsely branched stems bearing large, leathery, palmately lobed leaves and small white flowers in clusters, followed by small black fruits.
Plant in any good garden soil or patio container. Prune if required mid to late spring. Protect from cold winter winds.
Water thoroughly, or stand pot in a container of water for half an hour before planting. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Remove the pot, place the plant in the hole so that the root ball is level with the surrounding ground and refill, firming if necessary. Keep well watered in dry weather. Feed in spring with a good, general fertiliser.
September - October