Schefflera arboricola foliage

Schefflera arboricola foliage

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.

Description:

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.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Dwarf Schefflera, Dwarf umbrella plant, Dwarf umbrella tree, Hawaiian Elf, Miniature Schefflera, Moondrop

Synonyms:

Heptapleurum arboricola, Schefflera arboricola, Schefflera arboricola

Etymology:

Schefflera: after J. C. Scheffler, 18th century German botanist
Arboricola:  from the Latin arbor (tree) and suffix -cola (inhabitant)

Schefflera arboricola

Schefflera arboricola

Origin:

Taiwan, Hainan

Habitat:

Rainforest



Hardiness:

USDA zone 10-11

Care:

Substrate:

Commercial potting soil

Light:

Luminous, no direct sunlight

Water:

Keep moist, not wet

Schefflera arboricola bonsai

Schefflera arboricola bonsai

Fertilizer:

Universal liquid fertilizer, twice a week during growing season

Temperature:

Room temperature 18-30 °C, 12 °C minimum

Pruning:

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.

Repotting:

Each year in spring

Propagation:

Leaf cuttings or layering in a warm and moist spot

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