Thursday, December 19, 2013

Schefflera arboricola

Schefflera arboricola (shef-LEER-uh ar-bor-ih-KOLE-uh) is a widely-grown houseplant that is also a durable landscape plant in tropical and sub-tropical regions. It is sometimes known as dwarf schefflera or Hawaiian schefflera. The palmately-compound leaves are glossy and dark green, with a diameter of about 6-8 inches.

Stems are thick and sturdy. On lower portions of the plant they often send out aerial roots that thicken after reaching the soil to become prop roots.

Plants can grow up to 15 feet tall and wide, but are easily trimmed to any size or shape desired. In late summer there are greenish, almost inconspicuous flowers on the ends of the branches.

These develop into round berries that turn a showy orange-red in the fall, giving the plant great seasonal appeal.

Schefflera arboricola is native to Southeast Asia and is very drought-tolerant once established.
It is recommended for USDA Zones 9B to 11, in exposures ranging from full sun to deep shade,
and can be grown anywhere as a container plant or houseplant. This species is easily propagated by stem cuttings or seeds.
There are many different cultivars available including this one with variegated leaves.


Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

That's beautiful. I'm familiar with the huge "common" schefflera that grows in South Florida. We used to make swords out of the leaf stems.

I probably couldn't pull off arboricola here, but I might try anyhow... looks like a great habitat for birds.

Grower Jim said...

I haven't had any damage with several hours at 26°F so it may survive in your area, albeit with some dieback in the winter.

Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

I may have to try it. They'll probably do fine beneath the canopy of a larger tree.


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