Fatsia japonica: An
evergreen shrub that grows in forests from seashores through to
hills, with 1-3m in height. Leaves are alternate, gathering together
at branch tips; the blades are large, 20-40cm in diameter, and
deeply cut in 7-9, with bases kidney-shaped, coarse serrations on
the lobe's margins, and glossy, thick texture. Dioecious: Branch
tips bear spherical umbels and set many small white flowers
-bisexual flowers on the upper and male flowers on the lower parts.
Petals are 5 in number, oval-shaped, and 1-3mm long. Stamens are 5
qnd anthers white. Calyx tubes are about 3mm long and bell-shaped.
Bloom time: November-December.