Botanical name: xFatshedera lizei
Common names: Tree Ivy, Ivy Tree, Bush Ivy, Aralia Ivy
Tree Ivy, also called Ivy Tree, Bush Ivy or Aralia Ivy is an easy to grow and excellent stand alone houseplant that can be grown as a bush or as a climber.
The symbol x in front of the botaniacl name indicates that this is an inter-generic hybrid; a cross between plants from different genera.
The generic name is derived from the names of the two parent genera. Tree Ivy combines the shrubby shape of Fatsia with the five-lobed leaves of Hedera.
Tree Ivy can grow to a height of 6 ft or more but will require support or can be grown as a bush by pinching the growing tips.
The leaves in Tree Ivy are 7-25 cm long and are borne on a 5-20 cm petiole. The flowers are yellowish-white and the seeds are sterile.
Several cultivars of Tree Ivy are available, with dark green to variously white- or yellow-variegated leaves. The variegated types are more difficult to grow than the all green types.
Photo Credit: Cherry Lane-Garden Centres
Tree Ivy grows best in bright light or light shade. The all green types of Tree Ivy require less light than the variegated types.
Keep your Tree Ivy away from direct sunlight as direct sunlight may cause scorching. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Water Tree Ivy thoroughly during the growing season while allowing the top 2 in. of soil to dry a little between waterings.
Tree Ivy prefers a cool to average temperature with a minimum of 100C. Protect your Tree Ivy from cold and hot draughts to prevent sudden changes in temperature. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.
Tree Ivy has no need for high humidity. However, for lush growth and to reduce pest infestation, set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Tree Ivy. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
Regularly clean the leaves of your Tree Ivy by damp wiping with a soft cloth. Read more on how to clean houseplants.
Feed Tree Ivy with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer that contains micronutrients every 3-4 weeks during the growing period.
Withhold feeding for your Tree Ivy during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.
Repot Tree Ivy every year during the growing period. Use a pot which is 1 size larger and loose free-draining soil.
Ensure the pot for your Tree Ivy has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of your plant.
Pruning Tree Ivy involves removal of yellow and dead leaves to maintain your plant neat and tidy.
To encourage a bushy and compact growth of your Tree Ivy, pinch off the growing tips. The tips can be used to propagate new plants. Read more on how to prune houseplants.
Tree Ivy can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem-tip cuttings.
Take stem-tip cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Tree Ivy plant. Strip off the lower leaves from the cutting.
Dip the cut end of the Tree Ivy cuttings in a rooting hormone and insert them in moist rooting soil.
Place the set up in a warm shaded place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges and substantial growth has been observed.
Transfer the rooted Tree Ivy cuttings to individual pots and begin routine care.
For a fuller Tree Ivy, plant several cuttings in one pot.
There are two possible reasons for brown leaves accompanied by leaf drop in Tree Ivy.
The first possible reason for brown leaves accompanied by leaf drop in your Tree Ivy is waterlogging.
Maintain the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that there is proper drainage of both the soil and the pot for your Tree Ivy.
The second possible reason for brown leaves accompanied by leaf drop in your Tree Ivy is high temperatures.
Tree Ivy prefers cool to average temperature so it needs protection from hot draughts. Keep it away from hot air vents or any source of hot air
If Tree Ivy receives too little light the leaves will be small and the growth is spindly.
Move your Tree Ivy to a brighter spot as Tree Ivy prefers bright light to light shade away from direct sunlight. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Too little light is the reason for loss of variegation in variegated Tree Ivy.
Move your Tree Ivy to a brighter spot where it will receive bright light to light shade away from direct sunlight.
Another reason for loss of variegation in your variegated Tree Ivy is inadequate growth space if the plant is pot-bound.
Repot your Tree Ivy every year in a pot 1 size larger than the current one to provide adequate growth space for your plant.
Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.
Avoid soggy soil for your Tree Ivy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining.
Tree Ivy (xFatshedera lizei) is poisonous to both humans and pets. If ingested, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pains. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets.