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Schefflera actinophylla

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Brassaia actinophylla
  • Brassaia singaporensis
Description

Grow as a houseplant in bright sunny, high humidity locations. It does best with protection from hot afternoon sun.  Water regularly and then cut back in the winter.  Plants can be grown in protected locations outdoors in containers but must be brought in over the winter.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems but suffers occasionally from aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, thrips, and scale.  Bacterial leaf spot and soft rot occur when soils are too wet.

Quick ID

  • Shrub/small tree with palmately compound leaves
  • Stalked leaflets are broad, sparsely dentately toothed above middle
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#black#houseplant#container plant#interiorscape#low maintenance#patio#showy fruits#potted plant#black fruits#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#black#houseplant#container plant#interiorscape#low maintenance#patio#showy fruits#potted plant#black fruits#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Schefflera
    Species:
    actinophylla
    Family:
    Araliaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S. New Guinea to N. Australia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Rarely appear
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Description:
    Rarely appear
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are palmately compound, to 30 x 10 cm. Leaflets are 7-16 in terminal rosettes. They are oblong, entire below middle to sparsely, minutely dentately toothed above middle. They are bright green and glossy; petiolules elongate, conspicuous.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are shiny green and become brown and woody. Branches are few, short, often apically.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio