Shefflera info

scsva(7/VA)June 26, 2011

I bought a large shefflera a month ago from Lowe's (green-must be arbicola). This weekend I got another one from Martin's grocery store, dwarf shefflera. They look the same except the dwarf looks more compact. But after I got it home, I think it may be the very same tree. Doesn't matter, love them, beautiful plants but just wondering. I also got a variegated one.

At the office, there is a large shefflera tree with the leathery leaves like a palm that I take care of.


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Hi Susan. Congrats. :)

There are different Schefflera species, with green leaves.

Have you considered growing the dwarf as a bonsai? Toni

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 4:37PM
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don't particularly like bonsai.

Even though I love my trees, I don't really like to buy duplicates.


    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 5:42PM
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Yes there is a larger species also. It grows in Hawaii I think. Thats probably the species in your office.
The one that appears dwarf could be just grown under the correct lighting conditions. Most plants grown under less light than they really need will be elongated...longer length in between sets of leaves etc. As they grow they stretch and reach for the light.

I noticd the diff in lengths on mine as I bring them in and outside thru the year.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 8:21PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Arboricola is often called dwarf schefflera, but if your plant seems even tighter than sp arboricola, it's likely Schefflera arboricola 'Luseane'.


    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 8:36PM
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Susan - I'm not bonsai crazy either, although I do enjoy looking at the bonsai stuff at the botanical gardens.

I have two of the large Schefflera's as well as quite a few of the mini's and two of the variegated. Love those mini's as they are so easy to propagate. Although I am half scared to do it, I would like to prune at least one of the larger ones into more of a tree form. What do y'all think? Any tips?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 8:49PM
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Thanks. I believe there is a thread somewhere on the forum about pruning the schefflera. I'm certainly not talented in that way. LOL! I would probably have the thing looking all lopsided.

I enjoy looking at bonsai but never wanted one.


    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 7:30AM
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Susan, true Bonsais (Maples, Oak) are beautiful; growing indoors is another Like Moonie, I love looking at mature Bonsais at the Conservatory.

The reason I mentioned Scheff bonsai is, since it only gets 'yay' tall, (true dwarf) if grown in a small container, the main truck might thicken, tree-like. Not necessarily a bonsai...
But, if you don't like a tree-look, that's different. My Scheffs are grown bushy and one semi-tree-like. That would be S. actinophylla or Brassaia actinophylla, commonly known as Octopus Tree. Leaves differ from Arboricola.

Susan, prune a little at a time, until desired shape is formed. And yes, there is info about pruning, small, medium and large Scheffs on the net.

Moonie, about shaping. You have two options.
One is removing/taking cuttings, and starting from scratch.
Second option. Prune all but the thickest, healthiest stem/trunk. Some root-pruning will be required. Stake the one branch, let grow. Care for as usual, but it's important to remove side-shoots/stems to keep the tree-shape (standard) appearance.

Some S. species look better as trees than others. Toni

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 4:01PM
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