Description: Grown for its large exotic looking leaves this tree is to be grown in a sheltered site. Can also be pollarded for larger leaves as this deciduous tree or large shrub is not noted for flowers.
Uses: Grow in a sunny protected site. Fits well into courtyard gardens or when a collection of exotic plants or contrasting foliage required.
Climate/Position: Hot sunny location though tolerates some shade. Tolerant of drought and of pollution.
Height/Spread: Up to 12 metres but can be pruned to keep within the sheltered area and to produce larger leaves.
Soil Requirements: Any soils but free drainage preferred so the plants do not sit in wet especially in winter.
Pruning: If pruning required then do this in late autumn or winter when dormant so they do not bleed.
Special Requirements: See details of sheltered requirements so avoid colder climates.
Additional Interest: In native Japan and Polynesia the bark was used for making paper hence the common name. Introduced to Southern USA as a quick growing shelter tree but became invasive in some areas. Now the male plant only is grown to avoid pollination and plants spreading.