Plants in the Schefflera genus are attractive, sturdy, and long-lived. The most popular plants in this genus are Schefflera Actinophylla, commonly known as the umbrella tree, and Schefflera Arboricola, its dwarf version. Umbrella plant care is generally easy. This accounts for its increasing popularity over time.

Umbrella trees have long shiny leaves and somewhat woody stems. In tropical rain-forests or USDA zones 9-11, they can grow up to 15 feet in height. As houseplants, their height usually reaches 6.5 feet.

The umbrella plant is toxic for both pets and humans.

Umbrella plant care sheet - Schefflera guide

umbrella plant care guide - thriving bush

Umbrella Plant Care: Light Requirements

Umbrella trees are medium light plants. This means they thrive in bright but indirect light.

How Often to Water Umbrella Tree?

For the best care routine, allow the plant dry out between watering sessions.

When it’s time to water, a thorough soaking, especially in the growing summer season, is critical.

umbrella plant care - indoor bushSoil Requirements

Like most tropical houseplants, a rich soil which is good for drainage works best. You can add some perlite to the mix if the soil seems to hold too much water.

Umbrella Plant Care: Fertilization

Not generally needed but if desired: Fertilize the umbrella plant during spring and, optionally, throughout summer. You can use a slow-release fertilizer or a water-soluble one.

Blooming & Propagation

When grown outdoors in its native rain-forests the plant will bloom. As a house plant, flowering is unusual, no matter how spot-on your umbrella plant care routine is.

Schefflera can easily be propagated from cuttings in water. They generally root within a few weeks and most also grow new leaves in the meantime.

Light requirements


Bright filtered light


Rich and well-draining
Water requirements


About the Author - Gail Edwards

I have been a fan of indoor plants for over 40 yearsand have over 60 plants in my home. I bought my first plant, a Schefflera, when I was a teenager and slowly began collecting and propagating different varieties of plants. Now that I am retired, I also devote time to an outdoor flower garden and a vegetable garden in the summer months. I live in Canada where the


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