Shefflera (Variegated Umbrella Plant)
10 inch: Schefflera arboricola is an erect, well-branched shrub or tree with palmate, glossy foliage. A variegated form is also available. Schefflera arboricola is an erect, well-branched shrub or tree with palmate, glossy foliage. A “parasol” of seven or more leaflets radiates from each leaf stalk. If the growing point of the main stem is removed, the plant will take on a bushy habit.
Scheffleras grow right round the Pacific rim from America to Australia, mostly in thickets along stream banks in humid damp forests.
The species gets its common names from the spread of the leaf veins, which set the leaflets into an almost perfectly symmetrical umbrella or parasol. In sub-tropical gardens it can grow into a noble tree producing spectacular wine-red flowers.