What do you get when you cross English ivy and Japanese Fatsia? Fatshedera, a shrub that has vine-like characteristics but makes a great semi-espalier like the one shown in the image above. I like this plant, particularly the variegated type. The non-variegated one looks just like the one pictured but has green leaves. Our example is tied to the wall to echo an espalier, which is how I think this plants works especially well. This plant does great in high filtered shade, but if the variegated plants get full sun, the leaves burn severely. The green type can take some sun. I consider this a semi-hardy plant in our area because in severe winters it can have some winter kill. This variegated specimen had some cold damage last winter, but you can see it recovered nicely. I have seen these die back to the ground, but that is not common. Since this is a hybrid, it has to be propagated by cuttings, and I have been very effective rooting from cutting it. If you want one, buy the biggest one you can find and train it against a wall or trellis for the most attractive use.