This reliable tropical shrub is commonly used as a foundation plant or as a low hedge. Its palmate leaves give it the appearance of cute, little umbrellas growing densely to form a mound of foliage. This tropical shrub can tolerate almost any kind of soil and light. There are two common varieties, one green and another with variegated foliage; both are drought tolerant. Arboricolas can grow up to 15 feet tall and about as wide if left unpruned. If pruned seasonally, it can stay at a manageable size for years.
The arboricola can tolerate a range of light exposure and soil types. For best results, plant it in full sun for about 4 to 6 hours a day. Use rich organic material and topsoil to fill in the hole where the arboricola will be planted. Water daily until established and then as needed after that. Although drought resistant, the plant will perform better if watered consistently. Fertilize three times a year starting in the spring, then once in the summer and once in the fall.
Some of our favorites: Schefflera arbicola ‘Trinette’, Schefflera arboricola ‘variegata’
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Reliable grower, drought tolerant
Arboricola, Dwarf Schefflera
No significant flower
Moderately and consistently moist
9 and above
Well-balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season
Up to 15 feet, depending on variety
In zones 8 and lower, use as a container plant or as an annual in the landscape
Loropetalum, lantana, Ti plant