Umbrella Plant, Dwarf Umbrella Tree
Schefflera arboricola (Hayata) Merr. is the correct and accepted name for this species of Schefflera. It was described as such by Elmer Drew Merrill in Lingnan Science Journal in 1928. It was first named and described as Heptapleurum arboricola by Bunzô Hayata in Icones Plantarum Formosanarum in 1916.
Plants of the World Online lists 501 species in the Schefflera genus (as of 2-17-21 when I last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Araliaceae with 43 genera. Those numbers should change as updates are made.
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I am not sure when I purchased this plant, possibly sometime in 2011 or even earlier. I really liked it and it gave me no problems. I gave it to a friend when I moved from the mansion in Mississippi to the family farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013. I will probably have another one someday.
Origin: Hainan and Taiwan.
Zones: USDA Zones 10-12 (° F)
Size: Hmmm… Up to 25 FEET! Well, not that big in pots.
Light: Light to part shade
Soil: As a houseplant, they need a well-drained potting mix
Water: Allow soil to dry out between watering then water deeply. Reduce watering during the fall and winter months.
Although a lot of information online says they grow in full sun to part shade, I would recommend light (filtered) to part shade. It seems odd to say they tolerate full sun but needs protection from the sun during the heat of the day. Are you going to move your plant twice a day when it gets big?
They make great houseplants provided they aren’t in direct sun, such an eastern exposure or a window with a curtain covering the window but still allows bright light.
Where this plant is a native, it grows as an evergreen tree up to 25 feet tall. They sometimes grow on other trees as an epiphyte.
As with all plants grown inside in dry conditions during the winter, you need to watch for red spider mites. Watch for mealybugs, aphids, and thrips anytime.
To keep this plant looking its best, mist with water on occasion to increase humidity or place their pot on a shallow pan of rocks with water. Clean the leaves from time to time as well.
This plant is very low maintenance and is well known for tolerating neglect. Just keep it away from children who may put the leaves in their mouth.
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