Ivy Tree - Araliaceae - x Fatshedera Lizei.

What You Need to Know About the Ivy Tree – Araliaceae – x Fatshedera Lizei

This is the offspring of a breeding-cross between Fatsia japonica ‘Moseri’ and Hedera hibernica, two distinct genera within the same plant family. Also called ivy tree, it. is an attractive, evergreen plant bearing characteris­tics from both parents and inheriting their ease of cultivation.

From fatsia comes the wide-spreading glossy leaves, from hedera the sprawling sterns, which can be trained up canes or pinched to produce a more bushy effect. The young leaves are covered in rust-colored hairs. Cultivars include: x F.L ‘Annernieke’ with leaves marked yellow; x F.L ‘Pia,’ with wavy green leaves; and x F.L ‘Variegata,’ which has white marks on the leaves.

Size: Height 4 ft. (1.2 m).

Light: Cool light. Variegated forms need more light than green ones.

Temperature: Keep variegated forms above 60°F (15°C) at all times; green forms tolerate a much cooler position, even an unheated conservatory.

Moisture: Keep moist from spring to fall. Apply only enough water in win­ter to prevent the soil mix from dry­ing out.

Feeding: Apply standard liquid fertil­izer every two weeks in spring and summer.

Propagation: Take tip cuttings, 4 in. (10 cm) long, or stem cuttings, 2 in. (5 cm) long, in spring or summer. Dip in rooting hormone, enclose in a plastic bag, and then put in a warm, bright place.

Special needs: In warmer positions, increase humidity by placing the pot on a tray of moist pebbles.