About The Umbrella Plant
In addition to its striking appearance, the umbrella plant is easy to care for and can thrive in different light conditions. Whether you're a seasoned plant enthusiast or a beginner looking for a low-maintenance addition to your collection, the umbrella plant is a great choice.
It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in many countries. Schefflera arboricola is appreciated for its lush foliage and distinctive appearance, making it a popular houseplant, bonsai tree, and landscaping plant.
The botanical name of the umbrella plant is Schefflera arboricola. Cyperus is another type of umbrella plant which is not the same as Schefflera arboricola.
Schefflera arboricola is a tropical evergreen plant that belongs to the family Araliaceae.
Tropical evergreen plants are a diverse group of plants with several characteristics in common. They have large, broad leaves adapted to capture as much light as possible.
Umbrella plants tolerate various environmental conditions, including high humidity, full sun and partial shade, warm temperatures, and frequent rainfall.
Many tropical evergreen plants are fast-growing and can quickly reach maturity. This makes them popular for landscaping and gardening, as they can provide quick and dramatic results.
It is native to Taiwan, Hainan (a Chinese island province just off its south coast), South East Australia, and Papua New Guinea.
The leaves of Schefflera arboricola are glossy and green, with multiple leaflets that radiate out from a central point like the spokes of an umbrella. Its stems are woody and can become quite thick over time. They are usually brown or gray and can have a slightly rough texture.
The umbrella plant produces small, greenish-white flowers in the spring and summer but is not particularly showy. The plant also has small, round fruit in the wild that turns from green to black as it ripens.
Types Of Umbrella Plants
There are several different types of umbrella plants:
Schefflera arboricola: Also called the dwarf umbrella plant, this is the most commonly cultivated species of umbrella plant. It has smaller leaves and a bushier growth habit than some of the other species. It is also known as the Gold Capella.
Schefflera actinophylla: Also known as the Queensland umbrella tree, this species has larger leaves than Schefflera arboricola and can grow up to 40 feet tall when grown in the ground.
Schefflera elegantissima: This species has variegated leaves with white or cream-colored margins, which give it a distinctive appearance.
Schefflera digitata: Also known as the finger leaf umbrella plant, this species has long, finger-like leaves that give it a unique appearance.
Schefflera taiwaniana: This species is native to Taiwan and has smaller leaves than other umbrella plants. It is often grown as a bonsai tree.
Umbrella Plant Styling
Your container can have a big impact on the overall look of your umbrella plant. Consider one that complements the plant's foliage and your decor, and has suitable drainage holes to mitigate overwatering.
The umbrella plant can become quite large, so if you have limited space, consider growing it as a smaller bushy plant by pruning it regularly.
It also looks great when paired with other tropical plants, like Monstera, mother-in-law’s tongue, and vining Pothos. Try placing it in a grouping of plants with different leaf shapes and colors to create a vibrant, lush display.