Schefflera Plant

Schefflera actinophylla
Umbrella Plant

Schefflera plants, native to Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, are often called Umbrella trees because of their large, shiny, dark green leaves that drape down like the spokes of an umbrella. Each Schefflera leaf grows at the end of a long stem and consists of several smaller leaflets. Schefflera plants usually have multiple trunks. The newer Amate variety of the Schefflera, which is grown from a tissue culture, has larger glossier leaves. A Schefflera Amate requires less light, is more resistant to spider mitesLearn how to identify and treat Spider Mites on plants. This sucking plant pest causes yellow blotchy leaves with a red haze and a gritty feel to them., has a better developed root system, and is very symmetrical and full. A Schefflera Amate is a little more expensive than a regular Schefflera, but well worth the extra cost.

Schefflera plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants