Schefflera arboricola, known as the “dwarf umbrella tree,” has small green leaflets attached to stout petioles. Indoors it will have a mature height of 3 to 4 feet.
Schefflera arebold make good individual plants as indoor specimens in large decorative containers. The palmate leaves have 5 to 9 finger leaves from a central stalk.
Schefflera actinophylla can grow to heights of 8 to 10 feet inside and up to 40 feet outside in very warm climates. As well as being called the ‘octopus plant’ it also shares the common name of umbrella plant. For a 4th name it is sometimes botanically named Brassiaia actinophylla.
Where to Grow Schefflera Indoor Umbrellas
- To keep the umbrella tree happy reasonable warmth of 15-20 degrees C is best.
- Through winter the temperature should be at least 10-13 degrees C
- A lightly shaded location is best. Bi-coloured leaves look best with some sun.
- Avoid very sunny or dark locations.
- Use a robust potting mix containing some loam to feed the plant for a number of years. Fertilise in summer during growth.
- The larger the plant the more water it needs.