X Fatshedera lizei 'Annemieke' (Golden-Variegated Fatshedera) - An evergreen upight-growing vining shrub to 4 to 5 feet tall or up 8 feet with support with bold yellow variegated green ivy-like foliage. This plant can produce umbels of white sterile flowers but this is a rare occurrence.
Plant in full coastal sun to deep shade - foliage is best in light shade. Irrigate regularly to only occasionally. It is evergreen to around 20 F and stem hardy down to around 15 F (though some report it recovering from stems frozen at 0 F. This beautiful selection with splashes of yellow in the foliage can be trained upright as a shrub or even small tree, espaliered against a wall or trained as a large vine, though it lacks the aerial roots that ivy uses to fasten itself to a surface.
This is a variegated form of the unique bigeneric hybrid between a cultivar of the Japanese Aralia, Fatsia japonica 'Moeseri', and Irish 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. We received this plant as 'Annemieke' but also note the spelling as 'Anna Mikkels'. Other synonyms for this plant are 'Lemon and Lime', 'Maculata' and 'Aureovariegata'.
The information about Fatshedera lizei 'Annemieke' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.