χ Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’

golden variegated fatshedera

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

"An oddity among plants x Fatshedera lizei is a rare hybrid between Fatsia japonica and Hedera helix (English ivy), hence its nickname ""botanical wonder."" 'Annemieke' (also sold as 'Variegata') is a selection of this vine-like shrub that provides a subdued, golden yellow color to the shade garden. Its glossy, dark green, 8-inch-wide leaves are splashed with two two-toned gold in the center. Not surprising, considering that one parent is a shrub and one is a vine, this evergreen can't seem to decide which it wants to be. You can either tie the thin, pliable stems to light supports, such as bamboo canes or a trellis, or you can allow them to cascade downwards and clamber across the ground. If this unusual plant is thriving, it can produce small clusters of white flowers in the fall, but don't worry about unwanted seedlings as it is completely sterile. Fatshedera's large leaves contrast with many shade-loving plants.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading vine

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: open to deep shade

Water Requirements: regular summer watering for full, lush growth

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, blue, black

Great Color Partners: dark green, white, chartreuse

Culture Notes
This unusual evergreen plant prefers rich well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy sites and clay if drainage is adequate. Regular summer watering encourages full lush growth and large, bold leaves, but it will tolerate only occasional watering during dry weather. The best foliage is in open to deep shade with protection from hot sun. It requires little pruning to maintain its rambling open habit.
Geek Notes
The multiplication sign preceding the genus names indicates that it is a bigeneric hybrid.