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Scheffleras are named after the German botanist Jacob Christian Scheffler.

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Schefflera   (Schefflera actinophylla)

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Shrubs and trees with distinctive umbrella-shaped leaves make popular houseplants.

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Plant Types: Interior Plant, Perennial, Tree
Light: Shade to Full Sun
Height: 25 feet to 35 feet
Width: 10 feet to 15 feet
Zones: 14a to 15b
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Seasons: Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Attractive foliage, Attracts birds, Invasive, Naturalizing, North American native
Shape: Upright or erect
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Liquid All Purpose Houseplant Food
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Plant Care

Sow seeds in spring and provide protection from the cold. Root stem cuttings in summer. Provide bottom heat to promote root initiation and establishment.

Plant Growth:

Evergreen shrubs or small trees. Fast growing, tropical looking plants. Long stalked leaves divided into leaflets. Good container plant. Provide protection from cold winds.


Summer bloom, showy in some species.

Soil and Irrigation:

Regular water. Let dry between waterings. Does best with soil rich with organic matter that drains quickly.


Provide a complete liquid fertilizer once per month.


If you do prune, do so in late summer.