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Schefflera actinophylla

Queensland umbrella tree

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height9m to 14m
  • Spread5m to 8m
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourBrown, red, pink
  • Leaf ColourBright glossy green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Schefflera actinophylla (Queensland umbrella tree). This species is a small tree or shrub with branched stems. The leaves are large and divided into 7-16 ovate to oblong, glossy, bright green leaflets. The flowers are borne in the summer with terminal panicles of tiny red, pink, brown blooms, followed by round black fruits.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub or Tree

Origin

Asia

Interest and use

Grown mainly for their handsome foliage.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

You will need to grow in warm to hot climates, which should be planted in a sheltered position. Grow them in well-drained soil which enriched organic matter. Propagation is from fresh seed in late summer, or cuttings in summer.

Propagation

Propagation is from fresh seed in late summer, or cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Under glass could have a problem with scale insects.

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