Schefflera arboricola or Dwarf Umbrella Tree is a very easy shrub that tolerates a variety of light conditions and resists neglect.
Its lovely foliage and strong growth will fill up a corner of your room quite nicely.
Some varieties have a uniform green leaf, others are variegated.
It’s also very suitable for bonsai.
Schefflera arboricola is a shrub that is related to ivy. It grows erect, up to 3-4 m high, preferably with support.
The leaves are palmately compound with 7-9 leaflets of 9-20 cm long and 4-10 cm wide.
The flowers are produced in small umbels of 7-10 mm, arranged in a panicle of about 20 cm in diameter.
Dwarf Schefflera, Dwarf umbrella plant, Dwarf umbrella tree, Hawaiian Elf, Miniature Schefflera, Moondrop
Heptapleurum arboricola, Schefflera arboricola, Schefflera arboricola
Schefflera: after J. C. Scheffler, 18th century German botanist
Arboricola: from the Latin arbor (tree) and suffix -cola (inhabitant)
USDA zone 10-11
Commercial potting soil
Luminous, no direct sunlight
Keep moist, not wet
Universal liquid fertilizer, twice a week during growing season
Room temperature 18-30 °C, 12 °C minimum
As it grows, the plant tends to drop the lower leaves resulting in a rather skinny look. Pinching or pruning the top of the stem will result in formation of lateral branches, giving the plant a fuller look.
Each year in spring
Leaf cuttings or layering in a warm and moist spot