Schefflera actinophylla

Queensland Umbrella Tree reaches a height of 2 m (614 ft) when it is grown in a large container; in its native Australia, however, it grows to a height of 40 m (131 ft). The genus is named after the 18th-century Danish botanist J. C. Scheffler. There are approximately 150 species in the genus, distributed throughout the tropics. The striking leaves are composed of 7-15 long-stalked leaflets measuring up to 30 cm (12 inch) in length. They are leathery, dark green and very glossy. Schefflera is grown only for its lovely foliage; it does not produce flowers indoors. In its native habitat, however, it bears red flowers arranged in umbels (the typical inflorescence of the Araliaceae family).

It does best in a light position, but should be sheltered from direct sun. It will also do well in partial shade. Normal room temperature is adequate for good growth; in winter, it requires a temperature of about 16°C (61°F) during the day and about 10°C (50° F) at night. Water liberally during the growing period. Propagate by non-woody tip cuttings. Mature plants can be propagated by air layering.

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