Fatshedera - Fat Lizzie, Tree Ivy
DESCRIPTION: This tender, shrub is a hybrid between Fatsia japonica and Hedera helix (English Ivy) and it originated in France. It produces strong shoots, 8-10 feet high, which need support. Its dark green leaves are glossy, leathery and deeply lobed. The leaves vary in the size and shape between those of the Fatsia and the English Ivy. It bears greenish flowers in the fall, but doesn't produce fertile seeds. It isn't the most decorative plant for the garden, but it makes a great houseplant. It will thrive in poor conditions and low light.
POTTING: Rich soil and moderate watering are good when grown indoors. When this plant is grown in pots you should pinch back the shoots occasionally to encourage it to branch. Ordinary garden soil will do fine.
PROPAGATION: Cuttings of shoots that are a few inches long can be placed in a closed frame in July or August.
VARIETIES: Fatshedera lizei.
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