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A picture of a Schefflera

Schefflera

Schefflera spp.

Also known as

Umbrella Plant, Sambreelplant (Afr.), Umbrella Tree

Schefflera arboricola, vrugte, a, Pretoria by JMK (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

11b-12b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30m

Max

5m

1m

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

Typically grown for their attractive foliage, the Schefflera genus consists of trees, shrubs and climbing species that have palmately divided foliage. Several species are commonly cultivated as houseplants. Schefflera actinophylla (Umbrella Tree) and Schefflera arboricola (Dwarf Umbrella Tree) are most common. This genus can also be grown outdoors in areas with no frost, or where protected against frost, in sheltered positions. Many cultivars with attractive foliage variations - including variegation and purple colouring - have been developed. Contact with foliage may cause skin irritation.

Common problems

Spider mites and mealybugs are the most common pests affecting Schefflera. For light infestation, wash the plant with water and soap.. With heavier infestations, you may need to treat the plant with an insecticide. Pest attacks generally indicate stressed plants – if pests are present, pay attention to the location of the plant in terms of light and the watering regime. The most common disease that affects Schefflera is root rot, a disease brought on by overwatering and poor drainage in the soil.

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer.

Layering

Air layering can be done in spring.

Seed

Sow seeds in spring.

Special Features

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Provide well-draining potting medium. When watering, wait until the soil in the pot dries out and then thoroughly soak the soil when you water.

Attractive leaves