This slim upright tree is made up of multiple trunks, each topped
with a small crown of large showy leaves. The compound leaves form
an umbrella shape rosette which gives the tree one of its common names.
Ten to fifteen stalks of bright red flowers appear in summer and are followed
by round dark berrries.
Native to Australia. A common landscaping plant in frost free
areas like south Florida and Hawaii. This tropical tree has become a popular
indoor houseplant everywhere!
Light: Full sun or shade. Moisture: Prefers rich moist soil but is adaptable. Hardiness: USDA Zone 10. Propagation: Seeds, easy to increase by cuttings.
Use for screens, windbreaks, hedges, specimens, street plantings,
and patios. A popular container plant for use indoors and out. Used extensively
in south Florida along freeways and turnpikes. Trim to one trunk for a
more tree-like specimen with additional height.
This graceful, showy plant always makes a good impression. It's
versatile and is seldom bothered by pests. Shefflera is a mass market item and
is available almost everywhere for a reasonable price.
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