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Schefflera arboricola

Previously known as:

  • Brassaia arboricola
  • Heptapleurum arboricola
Phonetic Spelling
shef-LER-uh ar-bor-ee-KO-luh
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

A broad-leaved evergreen shrub that is commonly grown as an indoor houseplant.  Place in a window with bright light or filtered indirect light.  It does not like wet feet, so water deeply and let dry almost completely between watering. They can be grown outdoors in containers in the summer in full sun but appreciate protection from harsh afternoon rays.  Prune occasionally to maintain shape. It does not bloom under room conditions. good specimen plant in tubs for home and commercial office corners, atria, or as a specimen tree in larger interior landscape sites; commonly cultivated tree outdoors in Hawaii, s. Florida & parts of California.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Relatively pest and disease-free.  Spider mites can occasionally be a problem and stressed plants are susceptible to aphids, mealybugs, and thrips.  Wet soil promotes disease. 

Quick ID

  • Indoor shrub with palmately compound leaves
  • Leaflets 7-11 are obovate, broad, entire, dark green
See this plant in the following landscapes:
Bonsai Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Dazzle'
    Variegated almost completely cream white
  • 'Dwarf'
  • 'Gold Capella'
    Variegated yellow and green
  • 'Trinette'
    Variegated cream and green
'Dazzle', 'Dwarf', 'Gold Capella', 'Trinette'
Tags:
#red#black#houseplant#container plant#red flowers#bonsai#showy leaves#interiorscape#low maintenance#potted plant#black fruits#palmate#fantz#patio planting
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Dazzle'
    Variegated almost completely cream white
  • 'Dwarf'
  • 'Gold Capella'
    Variegated yellow and green
  • 'Trinette'
    Variegated cream and green
'Dazzle', 'Dwarf', 'Gold Capella', 'Trinette'
Tags:
#red#black#houseplant#container plant#red flowers#bonsai#showy leaves#interiorscape#low maintenance#potted plant#black fruits#palmate#fantz#patio planting
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Schefflera
    Species:
    arboricola
    Family:
    Araliaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Used to treat unspecified medicinal disorders and has environmental uses.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Taiwan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • 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)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a, 12b, 12a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Orange-red drupes that turn black when they mature.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Description:
    Grown as a houseplant it seldom flowers. Very small red flowers grow on compound panicles.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are palmately compound, to 4.4 by 1.5 inches. Leaflets are 2-4.5 inches long in terminal rosettes. They are obovate, entire, obtuse, stalked, and bright green and glossy.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are shiny green becoming brown and woody.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Difficulty swallowing, irritation and burning in the mouth and throat, drooling, vomiting
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Calcium oxalate crystals
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Leaves