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Schefflera arboricola

Schefflera Plant Features

Schefflera (also called umbrella plant or arbicola) is a popular houseplant because it's easy to grow (it tolerates a range of growing conditions) and adds fun texture with its divided hand-like leaves.

Because it's so tolerant, schefflera makes a good choice for living, dining, family, and bedrooms. Many people are especially fond of growing it in well-lit bedrooms because at night the houseplant is efficient at filtering indoor air pollution from the room.

The schefflera variety 'Gold Capella' is particularly nice; it shows off dark green hand-shaped leaves variegated with streaks of golden yellow. It really brightens a room!

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Schefflera Growing Instructions

Schefflera is an easy-to-grow houseplant that does best in high light but will usually grow fine in medium light. It can tolerate direct sun on its leaves indoors, even in hot-summer climates.

Water schefflera when the top of the potting mix dries out. Its tolerance of dry soil is one of the factors that has made it a popular indoor plant for so long. 

You don't need to fertilize schefflera regularly (just once or twice a year). but if you'd like it to grow faster, you can fertilize it with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer. Be sure to follow the directions on the fertilizer packaging for application rates. 

If your schefflera gets too big in time, you can prune it back at any time. Doing so will help it grow fuller and bushier. 

Note: This plant is not intended for human or animal consumption. 

  • Light

    Indoors: High light
    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors

    Green, Variegated

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Schefflera with these varieties:
Money Tree
Money tree and schefflera have similar textures and grow well together.

Peace Lily
Peace lily contrasts schefflera with dark green foliage and beautiful white flowers.

Varieties: Our Favorites

Schefflera alpina Alpine Schefflera

Schefflera alpina

Schefflera alpina is a wild species that tolerates cooler conditions than traditional varieties. Indoors it can reach 6 feet tall.

Schefflera arboricola Dwarf Schefflera

Schefflera arboricola

Dwarf schefflera is a compact variety with small, dark green, hand-shaped leaves often grown as a houseplant. It can reach 4 feet tall and wide.

Schefflera arbicola 'Gold Capella' Gold Capella Schefflera

Schefflera arbicola 'Gold Capella'

Gold Capella is a popular variety that has dark green leaves boldly variegated with golden-yellow.

Schefflera arboricola 'Janine' Janine Schefflera

Schefflera arboricola 'Janine'

Janine is a dwarf variety with small leaves variegated in creamy white.

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Schefflera arboricola Luseane Ivory Luseane Ivory Schefflera

Schefflera arboricola Luseane Ivory

Luseane Ivory is a beautiful variety that has ivory-yellow variegaton on its dark green leaves that often have a slight twist or curl.

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Schefflera arboricola Luseane Moondrop Luseane Moondrop Schefflera

Schefflera arboricola Luseane Moondrop

Luseane Moondrop has small leaves delicately variegated with ivory-white.

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Schefflera arboricola 'Luseane' Luseane Schefflera

Schefflera arboricola 'Luseane'

This selection has small, dark green leaves and a lush, thick habit.

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Schefflera arboricola 'Mme. De Smet' Mme De Smet Schefflera

Schefflera arboricola 'Mme. De Smet'

Mme De Smet is a variety that has dark green leaves strongly variegated in golden-white. It has a compact habit and is an excellent houseplant.

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Schefflera 'Petite' Petite Schefflera

Schefflera 'Petite'

Petite is a dwarf, small-growing variety that has wildly variegated foliage.

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Schefflera arboricola 'Sun Burst' Sun Burst Schefflera

Schefflera arboricola 'Sun Burst'

Sun Burst is a dwarf selection that has leaves heavily variegated in golden yellow.

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Schefflera arboricola 'Trinette' Trinette Schefflera

Schefflera arboricola 'Trinette'

A double-duty plant, you can grow Trinette indoors as a houseplant or outdoors as an easy-care shrub in frost-free areas. It features hand-shaped leaves variegated with golden yellow.