Schefflera actinophylla 'Amate'

Leaves thicker and resistant to disease.

The Umbrella Tree has traditionally been grown from seed but plants are prone to leaf disease, producing blackening and other symptoms. In the 1980s at the Kraft Nursery, Fort Lauderdale, USA, a single healthy plant with thicker leaves was observed in a batch of diseased plants. This was selected and reproduced by tissue culture and is now sold in the USA, Europe and Australia.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Apiales
family       Araliaceae
genus        Schefflera J.R. & G.Forst.
species         Schefflera actinophylla (Endl.) Harms