Hawaiian Schefflera Plant


A Hawaiian Schefflera plant, Schefflera Arboricola, is often called a dwarf umbrella tree because it looks like a smaller version of the large Schefflera actinophylla. It is also called an Australian Ivy Palm and a Hawaiian Umbrella Tree. The plant was originally found growing as a flowering outdoor plant in Taiwan and is native to Australia as well. and is still grown outdoors in moderate climates around the world.

Hawaiian Schefflera Description

As an indoor houseplant, a Hawaiian Schefflera can be as small as 5″ and be used in dish gardens. Hawaiian Scheffleras are perfect table or floor plants for home or office. and are also an excellent choice if you want to try your hand at the art of bonsai. A Hawaiian schefflera, like its close cousin the Schefflera actinophylla or Umbrella tree plant, can also be a specimen tree reaching a height of six feet or more. This attractive plant is available with braided stems and also as bonsai plant. A Hawaiian Schefflera has masses of small, shiny, leathery leaves. The leaves are arranged palmately with 7-9 leaflets per leaf. The leaflets are small, ranging in size from about 3”- 7” (7.5-18 centimeters) in length and 2”- 4” (5- 10 centimeters) in width.


The regular Hawaiian Schefflera has solid green leaves, the Hawaiian Schefflera Gold Capella has gold and green leaves, and the Hawaiian Schefflera Trinette (also called “Janine”) has white and green leaves. This is a versatile plant that will tolerate some neglect and less than perfect growing conditions.


Trinette                                 Gold Capella

Quick Care Tips

Provide bright, indirect light

Be careful not to over water or green leaves fall off or turn black

Keep the temperature above 55°F (12.8°C) and below 70° F (21.1°C)

Watch out for scaleSoft Brown Scale plant pests are  the most common scale that attack indoor houseplants, especially ficus tress, various ivy varieties, spider plants, ferns, aralia, and schefflera. The scale plant pests appear as small, bumpy, brown spots that may appear to move. As the scale plant pest sucks on the sap of the plant, it secretes a sticky substance called "honeydew." The honeydew attracts black mildew. Because of the shell-like exterior, sprays are only partially effective against scale. Wipe off the lines of brown oval bumps with your finger, a cloth, or a child’s toothbrush then spray the plant with Neem Oil or a houseplant insecticide. You can use the non-toxic, easily made Green Solution to clean off the black mildew. and spider mites

Is a Hawaiian Schefflera Poisonous

A Hawaiian Schefflera is a toxic plant and should be kept away from dogs, cats, and small children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.



Why Are the New, Baby Leaves on My Hawaiian Schefflera Turning Black and Dying? The Older Green Leaves Are Falling Off Also.

The leaves on a Hawaiian schefflera pplant turn black and green leaves fall off when the plant is over-watered. Read more about how to water a schefflera plant in the care section of the Schefflera plant page. You should also check to be sure there are no plant pests such as Mealy BugsAphids, or spider mites feeding on the new growth of your schefflera plant.

Can I Put My Hawaiian Schefflera Plant on a Desk in an Office With a Small Window but Good Artificial Light?

A solid green Hawaiian schefflera grows best in bright indirect light, but will still grow slowly near a small light and with good artificial light. Leaves may be smaller and the plant a little less bushy than if it had brighter light. Don’t use the capella variety (variegated Hawaiian schefflera) since it needs more light to maintain the yellow coloring in the leaves.

Why Are the Leaves on My Hawaiian Schefflera Losing Their Color? What Is the Reddish Webbing I See on the Plant?

The leaves of your Hawaiian schefflera are losing their color and the webs on the plant are both caused by a plant pest called spider mites. Spray with the “ green solution” (recipe in the Glossary) every 10 days for at least a month.

Why Does My Hawaiian Schefflera Get Yellow Leaves?

All schefflera plants, both the Hawaiian schefflera and Umbrella Tree schefflera, develop yellow leaves when they are not getting enough water. How you water a schefflera plant is very important. When you water, water well enough so that the water comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot that the schefflera is planted in. Do not water your schefflera again until the top 1/3 of the soil has dried out. If green leaves fall off, you’ve over compensated and are now giving your schefflerat too much water.