A plant that will revel in deep gloom conditions that would be deemed not suited to plant growth by many horticulturalists is Fatsia japonica. It will put on a decent spurt of growth each year once established in low light habitats. The sturdy stems are populated with visible leaf lesions remnants of the palmate, leathery evergreen leaf shedding. A native to Japan, our specimen is planted at the steps on the pathway leading up to the front lawn. Planted in 1968 when the front range was opened and the front lawns graded and landscaped it is now reaching its 40th year.
It is a showy plant while in flower. Teminal panicles composed of globose flower buds. The creamy green buds open with extended stigma and style, then resembling a moon landing craft. There is a delicate central boss containing the anthers. The whole exudes an interesting smell that attracts flies.
Growing large and lank the growth appears to enjoy mutual support within the framework due to the weight of foliage carried. It will regenerate from the base if heavy pruning becomes necessary.