Schefflera Arboricolum, Syn. Heptapleurum Arboricolum
Schefflera Arboricola, or the Umbrella Tree, brightens whatever space it's planted in. These yellow and green variegated plants will do well inside with bright indirect light from a windowsill or in very low, fluorescent light.
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Schefflera Arboricola hails from Taiwan, where the trees grow upwards of 20 feet tall. Indoors, with limited root systems, the plants typically grow to about 10 to 15 feet tall, and about 3 to 4 feet wide. The brightly colored green and yellow foliage lightens and brightens any room or corner indoors or even any dark, shady spot outdoors. Inside, these plants make excellent bonsai as they are tolerant of being trained and pruned, and like to stay fairly root bound. Alternatively, Schefflera can have the bottom leaves and branches pruned out to form an upright standard or tree, reaching about 15 feet inside. Or it's possible to let Schefflera have a more natural look and let it branch and stay more compact with leaves and branches. Outdoors, the variegated Schefflera Arboricola will not tolerate full sun during the hottest part of the day; part to full shade is preferred. Schefflera are commonly planted where hardy as individual shrubs or trees. As they take well to pruning, Schefflera can also be trained to grow together densely as a hedge.
History and introduction of Schefflera Arboricola:
Schefflera Arboricola is from Taiwan originally, and Schefflera is a broad group that includes many different varieties. Other varieties are solid green or have longer, thinner leaves or have a larger, looser growth habit. Schefflera Arboricola variegata can be planted outside as a small shrub or inside in a bush form. Alternately, these plants can be trained as trees with careful pruning of the bottom foliage so that only the upper leaves continue. Some tree forms are even trained to grow together as braids or twists, adding more interest to an already colorful plant. Dwarf Umbrella Trees can even be trained as bonsai, which perform very well indoors as they're already great houseplants, and take well to pruning and confined root systems. Schefflera Arboricola is the Latin name for Dwarf Umbrella Tree, which refers to a 19th century Polish botanist, J. C. Scheffler and arboricola means tree-like.