Please help identify my dying houseplant!!

This plant was given to my family when my mom passed away almost 25 years ago. The past couple of years, my mother in law was caring for it and we just got it back. Well now it doesn’t seem to be doing well. I really don’t even know what kind of plant it is to even begin figuring out what I need to do. Please help!

Hi Lauren,

Your plant is a Schefflera also called an Umbrella tree. My best advice is to cut the entire plant back to about 4″-5″ above the soil line. Re-pot into a container with drip holes in the bottom and that is only a few inches larger that the root ball. Use new, fresh, good potting soil.  Follow these tips on how to grow a Schefflera Umbrella tree and hopefully it will grow into a beautiful plant.