x Fatshedera lizei


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Mark Bolton, copyright GAP Photos (12876)

Plant details

Crossing the dramatic Fatsia japonica with the handsome ivy Hedera hibernica in 1910 resulted in the splendid bi-generic hybrid shrub X Fatshedera lizei, often grown as a houseplant but equally successful as a shade-tolerant evergreen garden plant. It is best grown in the open in seaside gardens, or against warm walls and in sheltered corners inland. Hard frost can injure leaves, but plants recover if the roots are safe from freezing. The stems may be tied to wires or trellis to produce a climbing background plant. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Araliaceae

Genus: x Fatshedera

Species: lizei

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 180cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: May to June

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