Soil: moist, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: September to October
Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)
A handsome, tropical-looking, evergreen shrub that's deservedly popular. It has huge, glossy, deep green palmate leaves and in autumn, produces showy panicles of spherical, creamy white flowers, which are often followed by round, black fruit.
Try it in an exotic-style garden, where the large leaves team well with bamboos and grasses, or as a focial point for a shady corner.