A picture of a False Aralia

False Aralia

Plerandra spp.

Also known as

Elegant Schefflera, Finger aralia

Schefflera elegantissima by Eric in SF (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

10a-12b

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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False Aralia Overview

The genus Plerandra has undergone extensive reclassification over time, and has been considered a synonym of the genus Schefflera. Also known as False Aralia, species in this genus may grow between 8–15 m tall and up to 2 m wide. Classed as trees or shrubs, they produce evergreen, toothed foliage coloured dark green to coppery red. Flowers, rarely produced when grown indoors, are pale green and develop into black fruits. The species Plerandra elegantissima is often grown as a houseplant in temperate regions, and is commonly cultivated in Hawaii, Florida and parts of California as an outdoor tree.

How to propagate False Aralia

Seed

Cuttings

Stem section or tip cuttings in summer.

Special features of False Aralia

Attractive leaves

Other uses of False Aralia

Grown for their foliage and overall appearance.