The T-Rex (Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant') is living up to its name (and its nickname). I bought this plant on a whim last fall from Celestial Dream Gardens, at about 2-3 feet tall. It's now over 8 feet tall and its largest leaves are more than 4 feet across, fabulous! For years, I've had a dream of turning my back yard from a boring lawn into a jungle. It always felt like a pipe dream, but this one plant has made the jungle seem within reach.
This was the same plant 4 months ago, mid-June, when it was under 3 feet tall. If you look closely, you can see the edge of the black bamboo barrier it's planted within. We'll see how that works out. Do you think it will escape the island?