Schefflera actinophylla features large long, shiny, leaves that droop gracefully from central stalks with leaflets that resemble an umbrella. You guessed it, this is how it got its common name ‘umbrella tree’ and makes it a fun addition to any home! As an indoor plant, the dwarf umbrella tree can live in low to indirect bright light and best to keep the glossy leaves looking their best by dusting regularly.
Bright, indirect light.
Water regularly, thoroughly soaking the soil and allowing the soil to dry out correctly in between waterings.
Fairly high tropical humidity.
Good quality well-draining potting soil.
Humidity around the plant can lead to powdery mildew or mealybugs. A spritz of neem oil can help to control pests.
Yellow and dropped leaves
Brown and crispy leaves
Under-watered, low humidity
The umbrella tree is mildly toxic when ingested by cats or dogs and causes them to become unwell. If the leaves are cut open, the sap inside can cause minor skin irritation.
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