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Schefflera arboricola

"Dwarf Umbrella Tree"

Umbrella Tree

I brought one of these up from my house, and mom had one, too. Hers was a bit neglected, but both are doing great now. I am unsure if these are umbrella trees or dwarf umbrella trees. The online photos make me think the latter

  • Botanical Name: Schefflera arboricola
  • Family: Araliaceae
  • Subfamily: Aralioideae
  • Common Name: Umbrella Tree
  • Plant Type: Tropicals and Tender Perennials, houseplant
  • Light: full sun to partial shade
  • Water: moist soil

Schefflera is a genus of flowering plants in the family Araliaceae. The plants are trees, shrubs, or lianas, growing 1 to 30 metres tall, with woody stems and palmately compound leaves. The circumscription of the genus has varied greatly. Phylogenetic studies have shown that the widely used broad circumscription as a pantropical genus of over 700 species is polyphyletic, but it remains to be seen how this will affect the classification of the genus. Several species are grown in pots as houseplants, most commonly Schefflera actinophylla (Umbrella Tree) and Schefflera arboricola (Dwarf Umbrella Tree).

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.

Blooms late winter, early spring with red blossoms, supposedly. Might be it outdoors.

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings.

Propagation from softwood cuttings. Seeds do not store well; sow as soon as possible

Sources: Wikipedia | Dave's Garden