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Schefflera Arboricola - Variegated
The popular variegated arboricola is a South Florida gardener's dream plant - a showy, versatile, easy-care shrub that thrives in sun or shade.
Landscapes in South Florida have become almost overwhelmed with the use of this plant - and with good reason.
It looks good anywhere, no matter what you do to it (well, almost), and takes next-to no care.
- Does best in high light but will usually grow fine in medium light, it can tolerate
- direct sun on its leaves indoors, even in hot-summer climates
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Height: 2'- 6'
Wide: 3' - 4'
Growth Rate: Fast
Plant Spacing: 12" - 18"
The Schefflera Arboricola, also known as the Umbrella Tree or Dwarf Umbrella Tree, is a popular plant known for its attractive, glossy foliage and easy care requirements. Native to Taiwan and South China, this plant is characterized by its bushy growth and umbrella-like leaf arrangement, which gives it its common name.
The leaves of the Schefflera Arboricola are typically dark green, although variegated varieties with gold, yellow, or cream-colored patterns are also available. These leaves are palmately compound, meaning they radiate from a central point, creating a beautiful, umbrella-like canopy.
The Schefflera Arboricola can grow up to 4-6 feet, but its size can be easily controlled with regular pruning. It's a versatile plant that can be grown as a bushy shrub, a single-stemmed tree, or even a bonsai.
Caring for a Schefflera Arboricola involves providing it with bright, indirect light, regular watering, and well-draining soil. It's a relatively hardy plant that can tolerate a range of indoor conditions, although it prefers a warm, humid environment.
With its lush, tropical appearance and low-maintenance care, the Schefflera Arboricola is a fantastic choice for adding a touch of greenery to homes, offices, and other indoor or outdoor spaces. Whether you're a seasoned plant enthusiast or a beginner, this plant is sure to bring a sense of nature and tranquility to your space.
This plant has many different planting or landscaping options, including:
- Container planting
- Ground cover
- Large areas
- Alpine gardens
- Coastal/saltwater gardens
- Edging or borders
- Mass planting
Caring for a Schefflera Arboricola, or Umbrella Tree, involves the following steps:
1. Light: Schefflera Arboricola prefers bright, indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while too little light can cause leggy growth and loss of variegation in variegated varieties.
2. Watering: Water your Schefflera Arboricola when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's better to err on the side of underwatering. Ensure the plant has good drainage.
3. Humidity and Temperature: Schefflera Arboricola prefers a humid environment and temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). You can increase humidity by misting the plant, placing it on a pebble tray with water, or using a humidifier.
4. Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix for your Schefflera Arboricola. A mix of peat moss and perlite or a general-purpose plant potting mix should work well.
5. Fertilizing: Feed your Schefflera Arboricola with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce feeding to once a month during fall and winter.
6. Pruning: Prune your Schefflera Arboricola to control its size and shape. Regular pruning can also encourage bushier growth. Always use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to avoid disease transmission.
7. Pests and Diseases: Schefflera Arboricola can be susceptible to pests like aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Check the plant regularly for signs of pests and treat as necessary.
8. Repotting: Repot your Schefflera Arboricola every 2-3 years or when it becomes root-bound. Always use a pot with drainage holes and fresh, well-draining potting mix.
By following these care guidelines, your Schefflera Arboricola should thrive and continue to add a touch of tropical beauty.