Sinopanax formosanus


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Incredibly exciting rare ornamental Araliad from Taiwan where it can reach 30 feet tall. Don't be scared by that as it will likely not attain those dimensions in your garden at least while you are the gardener! Broadly orbicular leaves with 3-5 shallow lobes on stout branches makes this a riveting centerpiece. These are likely the first seed-grown plants ever offered in North America and best in mild gardens zone 8 and above. This grows naturally with Schefflera taiwaniana and Fatsia polycarpa and we observed this in Taiwan growing in light to moderate shade but here in the maritime cool sun Northwest, this will handle full sun. Protect these youngsters the first winter or two - it will be so worth it!


Plant Type

  • Evergreen
  • Shrub

Mature Size


Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)
  • Zone 9a (20 °F)
  • Zone 9b (25 °F)
  • Zone 10 (30 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Part Shade - Part Sun
  • Full Sun

Water Needs

  • Moist

Bloom Time

  • Autumn