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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 on this page is based on our research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata'.