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Schefflera arboricola ‘Variegata’ (photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo)
Schefflera arboricola ‘Variegata’ (photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo)

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Schefflera arboricola

Hawaiian Elf Schefflera
Araliaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries

SCHEFFLERA

Fast-growing, tropical-looking plants; long-stalked leaves are divided into leaflets that spread out like fingers of a hand. Summer flowers (showy in some species) are followed by tiny dark fruits. All need rich, moisture-retentive, well-drained soil. Plants love humidity but are quite tolerant of drier air. Useful near swimming pools. Good container plants for patio or lanai.

Schefflera arboricola

Native to Taiwan. Grows to 20 ft. tall with equal or greater spread, but is easily kept smaller with pruning. Dark green leaves, with 3-in. leaflets that broaden toward rounded tips. If plants are set into the ground with stems at an angle, they’ll continue to grow at that angle—which can give attractive multistemmed effects. Yellowish flowers are clustered in flattened, foot-wide spheres; they turn bronze with age. 

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