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Products > Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata'
Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata' - Variegated Dwarf Umbrella Plant

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Araliaceae (Ginsengs)
Origin: Taiwan (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Parentage: (Heptapleurum arboricolum)
Height: 10-16 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata' (Variegated Dwarf Umbrella Plant) - A large upright shrub to 8 to 16 feet tall by 6 to 8 feet wide with palmate mid-green leaves having 7-9 narrow leaflets that are splashed with yellow. Can be grown in full sun in Santa Barbara but looks best where it can brighten a shady spot. Water occasionally to regularly. Hardy to at least down to 25 F. A nice large shrub that puts a splash of color in the shade garden. We have had this plant growing in a shaded side of our demonstration garden for many years and it is surprisingly tough, having weathered cold winter temperatures to 25 F. and long periods of summer without irrigation. The plant is now about 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide. It was originally purchased as an interior house plant and, though not tagged, it appears to be very similar or the same as the cultivar 'Gold Finger'. Schefflera arboricola is native to Taiwan - it was reportedly first introduced into the trade in the 1960's by San Diego area nurseryman Horace Anderson from cuttings originating from the Huntington Botanic Gardens.  The information that is presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they know of cultural information that would aid others in growing  Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata'.