Schefflera arboricola

Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Schefflera arboricola Charlotte

Schefflera arboricola “Charlotte”


  • Lighting: bright to sunny, the green leaved forms also do good in light shade
  • Soil: a regular potting mix
  • Watering: allow to moderately dry between the waterings
  • Feeding: monthly from spring to late summer with a standard liquid fertilizer,
    new bought or recently repotted Dwarf Umbrella Trees don’t need to be fed for the first year
  • Temperature: average warmth the year round, the variegated cultivars need a winter minimum of 15 °C/59 °F and the green forms are tolerating 12 °C/53 °F
  • Propagation: cuttings

Lighting: The variegated cultivars grow best if placed bright to sunny. The green leaved forms also do good in light shade.

Schefflera arboricola Janine

Schefflera arboricola “Janine”

Soil: Regular potting mixes for indoor plants or herbs can be used. I’m using peat free vegetable or herb mixes for most of my container plants.

Watering: Let approximately 3/4 of the soil dry out between the waterings.


Feeding: If the Dwarf Umbrella Tree is in active growth – from spring to late summer – a standard liquid fertilizer can be given monthly.

Don’t feed fresh bought or recently repotted plants for the first year.

Schefflera arboricola Gerda

Schefflera arboricola “Gerda”

Temperature: Schefflera arboricola likes it warm the year round with a winter minimum of 15 °C/59 °F for the variegated cultivars and 12 °C/53 °F for the green leaved forms.

Propagation: Cuttings root after 2 to 4 weeks.

Schefflera arboricola Cuttings


The Dwarf Umbrella Tree (Schefflera arboricola) is native to China and Taiwan. In its natural habitat it can reach up to 4 meters in height.

Schefflera arboricola

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