Dwarf Umbrella Tree
Schefflera arboricola is an evergreen shrub species in the Araliaceae family. It produces palmately compound, glossy, green foliage, arranged into 7-9 oblong leaflets measuring up to 20cm in length. These radiate outwards from stems. Flowers rarely, if produced, this tends to be on mature trees. Non-showy yellow-green flowers are arranged densely on branched panicle arrangements, leading into colourful fruits. It has a bushy habit and is frost-tender, keep above freezing temperatures, place in a position of partial sun to full shade and well-draining soil for optimal growth. This plant is a popular house and garden plant, however it can often drop leaves, particularly if it is exposed to cold draughts. Water when the soil has thoroughly dried out for best results. This cultivar has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
Southeastern Asia to the Pacific Islands and Central and South America
Warm temperate and tropical areas
Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline