Can somebody identify this please

rikyrik(SE UK 8)April 23, 2013

Hi I bout this from a diy place awhile ago never seen 1 before or since and want to look for 1 or 2 more.
When I first got it it was very bare and skinny, it stayed like that for about a year then I moved it to my office and its thrived in there, is this what they usualy look like or does this look a particularly fine specimin?
Thanks

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asleep_in_the_garden

Schefflera :)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 5:25PM
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rikyrik(SE UK 8)

Hi asleep in the garden
Thanks

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 5:35PM
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rikyrik(SE UK 8)

Hi asleep in the garden
Thanks

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 5:39PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Anytime :)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 5:59PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I think it is more specifically Scleffera arbolicola

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 8:10AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

I debated whether or not to include that part of the info as well but kinda figured that the info provided would suffice. :)

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 8:17AM
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tropicbreezent

A lot of Schefflera look fairly similar.so it can be a bit difficult to tell from a photo. I have S. actinophylla, S. bractescens and S. arboricola. Apart from arboricola being a bit of a midget they do look very similar.

They will get a bit spindly if kept in low light. If you want it as a small plant (indoor) it's better to get the aboricola, some of the others will grow into a small to medium tree.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 11:27AM
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rikyrik(SE UK 8)

Thanks all

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 5:15AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Riky, that's nor S. arboricola but the much larger cousin Brassaia actinophylla (or Schefflera actinophylla) . This one has lost some popularity in the market place, partly because of how much space they can take up in the home or office. This plant is very susceptible to small scale insects, too.

The smaller and much more popular S. arboricola has smaller glossy foliage, is usually a full, robust plant....often used on a table or plant stand and not the floor. It's a pretty pest free plant, as well.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 9:51AM
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