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× Fatshedera lizei AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub, Houseplant or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Green and White in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

tree ivy

Family

Araliaceae


× Fatshedera are evergreen shrubs that can be trained to climb, with glossy, leathery, palmately lobed leaves and terminal panicles of small greenish-white flowers

x F. lizei is a medium-sized evergreen shrub to 2m, larger if trained to climb, with large, leathery, palmately lobed leaves and small flowers in globose panicles

Other common names

  • ivy tree

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Suitable for a cool conservatory. Can be trained against a wall or pillar

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs, Wall-side Borders or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pinch out young growth to promote bushy growth

Pests

May be attacked by scale insects and mealybugs under glass

Diseases

Generally disease free