Schefflera arboricola (Hayata) Merr.

Umbrella Plant

An evergreen small shrub, epiphytic in nature but in cultivation generally grown as a potted indoor shrub. Leaves of 7-9(11) leaflets, the young ones with a few teeth at the tip, others mostly entire. Stalk to 15 cm long. Flower clusters terminal, branching, twice compound. Flowers whitish. Fruit orange becoming black.


A widely grown indoor plant with a range of habits, leaflet margin forms and variegations.

The following cultivars are listed: S.  'Compacta', S. 'Gold Rush', S. 'Jacqueline', S. 'Jenine', S. 'Jodii', S. 'Madame De Smet' PVR 9(4)56, S. 'Nana', S. 'Oriental Magic', S. 'Pitman's Pride', S. 'Rajah', S. 'Renate', S. 'Samoan Snow', S. 'Snowflake' and S. 'Variegata'.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Araliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Apiales
family       Araliaceae
genus        Schefflera J.R. & G.Forst.