χ Fatshedera lizei

fatshedera

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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."" This evergreen cannot decide whether to be a vine (like one parent) or a shrub (like the other). Branches sprout up but fall over after a while and crawl across the ground. These thin pliable branches can easily be tied and trained onto a support. Fatshedera produces shiny, dark green leaves of about 8 inches wide. In spring the new growth is covered with a fine layer of rusty brown hairs, and if the plant is really flourishing, it will produce small clusters of white flowers in the fall. Don't worry about seedlings as this hybrid is completely sterile. This type of hybrid rarely occurs in nature, x Fatshedera was found in 1910 at a nursery in France. (The multiplication sign preceding the genus names indicates that it is a bigeneric hybrid.) "

Quick Facts

Plant Type: 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, variegated

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.