Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Schefflera arboricola

profile iconSchefflera arboricola, vrugte, b, Pretoria
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profile iconSchefflera arboricola, vrugte, b, Pretoria
by JMK (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings

Semi-hardwood cuttings.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Southeastern Asia to the Pacific Islands and Central and South America

Natural climate

Warm temperate and tropical areas

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Araliaceae

Flower colour

Green, Yellow
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