Schefflera

  • Schefflera arboricola

    Schefflera arboricola

    Common Name:

    Schefflera

    General Information:

    This dwarf schefflera is an evergreen shrub with dark green, glossy, palmate leaves densely covering flexible, green stems which gently fan out into a rounded crown. Moderate salt tolerance.

    Family:

    Araliaceae

    Lighting:

    Part shade, part sun

    Temperature:

    Zone 9b.

    Watering:

    Adequate water to keep from drying out and remaining dry.

    Feeding:

    General purpose fertilizer.

    Pruning and wiring:

    Branching can be encouraged by pinching the stems. It can be pruned into a small tree over a period of years. Style as a broad crowned bonsai with the silhouette of a banyan tree.

    Propagation:

    May be propagated by cuttings, seed and air layer.

    Repotting:

    The tree needs annual repotting and may be severely root pruned. Not particular about the type of soil, however it should be well drained and slightly alkaline.

    Pests and diseases:

    Scale and spider mites when grown indoors. No diseases of major concern.

    Bibliography:

    US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fact Sheet ST-586.

    Compiled by Thomas L. Zane