Schefflera Arboricola, or Dwarf Umbrella tree, is an evergreen shrub from the Araliaceae family. Its leaves grow in clusters of 7-9 leaflets and they form a round shape resembling an umbrella. Schefflera Arboricola has beautiful glossy green leaves that can brighten up any living space.
Each leaflet may grow up to 6" in length, and as a dwarf Schefflera, this plant usually reaches a maximum height of 4 feet.
Schefflera Arboricola makes a great choice for an indoor plant because it is easy to care for, requires little space, and can help to purify the air.
Dwarf Umbrella plants grown outdoors may produce small red flowers and bearing berries in the summer, but indoor Scheffleras rarely bloom.
Schefflera Arboricola tolerates a wide variety of light levels but its ideal light condition is bright indirect or filtered sunlight. Harsh direct sunlight may burn its leaves while low light conditions will make the leaves yellow.
This plant is mildly drought tolerant and it has a medium watering need. Water thoroughly only when the soil is dry to the touch and let the soil dry out between waterings.
This plant prefers moist, loose, well-draining soils, which you can make by adding some peat moss or perlite to a houseplant soil mix.
Dwarf Umbrella plants thrives in temperatures between 60°F-80°F. Temperatures below 50°F is harmful for its foliage. This plant thrives in normal household humidity (40-50%), but it loves high humidity (about 60%), so mist your plant often and use a humidifier when the weather is dry.
This plant should be fertilized once during the growing season (spring/summer) with diluted houseplant fertilizer.
This plant is toxic so keep it out of reach of curious children and pets.
USDA Zone 10-12
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)