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Brassaia actinophylla/Schefflera

Brassaia actinophylla / Brassaia actinophylla
Floral spikes on a large, mature specimen
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Floral spikes on a large, mature specimen

Schefflera grow into tree forms in tropical landscapes

Flower spikes look like tall sparklers or pickup sticks

Mature schefflera trees in flower

Finger-like leaves


Close-up of flowers

In outdoor bed in Florida

In a protected location in Disney World

A large specimen growing in a southern California botanical garden

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Scientific Name: Brassaia actinophylla
Common Name: Schefflera
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants with Fragrance
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Spider mites love to feed on its leaves. In the tropics it may flower at any time of year and there is not continuous flowering on an individual plant. Makes an excellent indoor plant, but as noted in the images plants in their native habitats grow to become large trees. When indoor plants become tall and leggy, cut back trunks, place plants outdoor under the shade of a tree, fertilize every month and allow new growth to take place before returning plant back indoors to escape the danger of frost and freeze. One of the easiest indoor plants to grow, but some natural light is needed during the day to maintain good growth and vigor.