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Products > Schefflera pueckleri
Schefflera pueckleri - Mallet Flower

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Araliaceae (Ginsengs)
Origin: Asia, Southeastern (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [Tupidanthus calyptratus]
Height: 15-20 feet
Width: 15-25 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Schefflera pueckleri (Mallet Flower) - A tropical looking evergreen tree native from Burma to India that grows to 15-40 feet tall with red-stalked palmately-lobed leaves composed of 9 to 13 large glossy ovate leaves that radiate out and then droop over. The green flower buds, in groups of 6 to 10 begin developing in spring and summer. In late fall to winter leathery caps drop off of the 1 inch wide 4-sided base of the flowers to expose the many green stamens. This base turns brown and persists on the plant, looking like little mallets, giving rise to the common name "mallet flower". Although interesting in bloom, this plant is best known for its attractive foliage and is not nearly as showy in flower as the red flowering octopus tree, Schefflera actinophylla, which it resembles otherwise. A great small tree for near frost free locations in full or part sun. Plant in full sun to light shade and give moderate water. Hardy to about 28 F. This plant has long been grown in California as Tupidnathus calyptratus but its correct name is Schefflera pueckleri.  The information displayed on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations that we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how it has performed in our crops out in the nursery field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well, and welcome hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information we do not mention that would aid others in growing Schefflera pueckleri.