A schefflera - the dwarf umbrella tree! - who has nothing dwarf but the name.
Common name : Dwarf umbrella tree
Scientific name : Schefflera arboricola
Family : Araliaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
A species native to Taiwan, which tends to grow higher than wide - smaller than its cousin Schefflera actinophylla in their respective environments - but in our interiors, the difference is less noticeable: 1.5 meters, compared to 2 to 3 for actinophylla.
Popular cultivars include 'Charlotte' with a variegated foliage of green and white, 'Mélanie' with a lovely ivory foliage, 'Trinetta' with a variegated foliage of green and cream, and 'Gold Capella' with a variegated foliage of green and yellow.
Sowing & planting
100 - 150
Identify my schefflera
The schefflera bears leaves composed of 3 to 30 leaflets, "spiraled", glazed, inserted in whorls. They form kinds of small parasols around the stem.
The plant has an erect habit and forms long woody stems on which the leaves are inserted.
Flowering indoors is rare, the flowers bears 4 or 5 greenish petals followed by spherical or ovoid berries.
Plant my schefflera
Plant in the spring your schefflera in a pot filled with potting soil or decomposed compost mixed with sand, on a layer of non-calcareous gravel. Some advise to add peat, but peat bogs are non-renewable protected areas, so it's up to you to decide ...
Place your schefflera in bright, non-burning light.
Water my schefflera
Scheffleras do not like limestone, so use filtered water instead. During growth, one watering per week is enough. In winter it is necessary to space watering by over 10 days.
Repot my schefflera
Renew the mixture of your scheffleras every two years. Use a bigger pot if you can.
Depot them, trim the outer roots and replace them with decomposed potting soil and sand.
If you do not have a bigger container or your schefflera is too big, just replace the mixture of the top.
Prune my schefflera
In Spring, cut the branches of your schefflera to "thin it" in the center, without necessarily shortening it.
Check on my schefflera
Watch for aphids, thrips and mealybugs. If they cause too much damage, you can peel them off with black soap or a cotton swab soaked in alcohol.