My husband brought a really nice plant/tree home for me and I don’t know what it is – therefore I don’t know how to care for it. Can you help?
What a beautiful tree. Your plant is called a Hawaiian Schefflera (Arboricola). It looks like there is some gold in the leaves so the variety would be a Gold Capella. The most important thing to avoid doing is to immediately re-pot your Hawaiian Schefflera into a large decorative container with no drip holes in the bottom. If you want to place the tree into a decorative pot, first get a 2-3 inch deep plastic, plant saucer that is about 2″ wider than the plant pot. Place the saucer then the tree into the decorative pot and then cover the top of the plant with Spanish moss to finish the look. Never let a Schefflera sit in water. Stop watering when there is a small amount of water in the drip saucer. If green leaves fall off, you are over-watering. Over-watering is the main reason people kill Hawaiian Scheffleras. Scheffleras also grow better in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. You can read all of my plant care advice for this plant in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.