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Products > x Fatshedera lizei 'Curly'
 
x Fatshedera lizei 'Curly' - Curly Leafed Ivy
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Araliaceae (Ginsengs)
Origin: Garden Origin
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Parentage: (Fatsia japonica x Hedera hibernica)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
x Fatshedera lizei 'Curly' (Curly Leafed Ivy) - A somewhat sprawling (less so than other x Fatshedera cultivars) evergreen shrub that grows to 2 to 3 feet tall by 4 to 6 feet wide with 3 to 4 inch wide five lobed palmate dark green leaves that have curly margins and often a narrow creamy white variegation near the leaf lobe tips. Small starshaped white flowers are held in corymbs on short branched inflorescences at the stem tips in late summer into fall. Plant in part day coastal sun to fairly deep shade in a decently well drained soil and give it a regular watering. Generally hardy to 20F and above so useful in USDA Zone 8 (some list 7b) and above and it can resprout from the base after a hard freeze. It is noted to be Tolerant of air pollution, salt spray, and deep shade and it also useful as a house plant. Pinch tip growth and trim occasionally to keep it bushier and neat. Looks great on a low wire fence, but it does not self cling so needs to be attached with plant ties. x Fatshedera lizei was the name given to the first introduce bigeneric hybrid between the Japanese Aralia, Fatsia japonica, and Iris Ivy, Hedera helix cv. Hibernica (now called Hedera hibernica). It was formally described and named in 1923 by the French botanist M. A. Guillaumin who gave it the specific epithet lizei to honor of the Lize' brothers, nurserymen from Nantes, France who made the cross in 1910. It was first imported from France into the US in 1926 by the Division of Plant Exploration and Introduction in the Bureau of Plant Industry, later part of USDA. There are now many different cultivars of x Fatshedera lizei in cultivation and it has been difficult to track down where this smaller curly leafed compact cultivar originated. This plant is sometimes marketed in the house plant trades as Pia Tree Ivy or Curly Tree Ivy. We thank the Grassman, John Greenlee, for our original cuttings of this plant taken from his Brisbane garden in 2011.  Information displayed on this page about  x Fatshedera lizei 'Curly' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.