Schefflera arboricola, commonly called umbrella plant or dwarf schefflera, is an evergreen shrub or small tree that grows in tropical climates to 10-25' tall. It is native to Taiwan. In the wild, it sometimes grows on other trees as an epiphyte. It is widely grown in temperate climates as a much smaller ornamental foliage houseplant rising to 3-6' tall on upright stems clad with glossy, slender-stalked, compound, palmate, evergreen leaves. Each leaf has 7-9 obovate-oblong to elliptic leaflets (to 4-6" long) arranged in a circle on leafstalks to 6" long. Tiny red flowers in compound panicles bloom in summer. Flowers are followed by round orange drupes (to 1/4") which mature to black. Low-maintenance indoor potted plant. Where winter hardy, it is commonly used as a specimen/accent, hedge or container plant. The seeds are from variegated plants so they should produce seedlings that have variegated leaves and seedlings that have green leaves.
- Soak the seeds in water for 12 hours.
- They can be grown in pots or in seedling trays. Fill the pots or trays with a commercial potting soil mix or with peat- lite mix. Sow the seeds on the soil and then cover them with a light layer of soil that is twice the depth of the size of the seeds.
- Water the soil and keep the soil evenly moist but not wet. When the seedlings are large enough, they can be transplanted into larger pots.