How to grow Shefflera (umbrella tree)

Information and tips on growing the Schefflera plant. Also known as the Umbrella tree, and octopus tree. This easy to grow plant can be growin outside, or inside. It is a easy to grow plant...

Calls For A Third Survey On East Cowes Umbrella Tree - Isle of Wight Radio

‘No objection’ is the council’s formal decision in response to Island Road’s application to remove and replace it.

As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, residents showed their support to save the tree by hanging ribbons and notes on its branches, as well as the benches below.

According to a second independent tree surveyor – following an initial inspection which found the tree...


  1. The umbrella tree flowers are not as distinctive as their berries or leaves. Source: Mauricio Mercadante . Overall, care of schefflera arboricola is pretty easy. It doesn’t need any kind of special care to survive — just the basics will do. Light & Temperature. Depending on which schefflera you’re growing, it varies a bit in its lighting.
  2. Feed umbrella trees using liquid fertilizer with an N-P-K number of 20-20-20. Dilute 1 teaspoon of fertilizer in 1 quart of water. Replace one watering per month with the fertilizer solution. Reduce feeding by half during the winter or if the umbrella tree is growing under low light conditions.
  3. Schefflera actinophylla is a tree in the family Araliaceae.It is native to tropical rainforests and gallery forests in Australia (eastern Queensland and the Northern Territory), New Guinea and Java. Common names include Australia umbrella tree, Queensland umbrella tree, octopus tree and amate
  4. The umbrella tree is a fast growing species which will need pruning back. If a tree becomes leggy or you want to encourage a bushy appearance to grow, pinch growing tips. You'll find you can pretty much cut back as much as you like with this plant and it will bring new growth back, during spring.
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Umbrella thorn acacia tree (Vachellia tortilis) at sunrise in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, East Africa
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Taken at a local IKEA store
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