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Dwarf Umbrella Tree- Schefflera actinophylla

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.

A small Schefflera actinophylla Tree with bare roots.

Sunlight

Bright, indirect light.

Water

Water regularly, thoroughly soaking the soil and allowing the soil to dry out correctly in between waterings.

Humidity

Fairly high tropical humidity.

Soil

Good quality well-draining potting soil.

The small leaves of a Dwarf  Umbrella Tree has raised pumps in a vein pattern.

Common Problems

Humidity around the plant can lead to powdery mildew or mealybugs. A spritz of neem oil can help to control pests.

Symptom

Yellow and dropped leaves

Cause

Overwatered

Symptom

Brown and crispy leaves

Cause

Under-watered, low humidity

Precautions

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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