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, Cal.; 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. This plant will grow best in a shaded side of gardens for many years
and it is surprisingly tough, having weathered cold winter temperatures to 25
F. and long periods of summer without irrigation. Usually 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. This description is based on our research and our
observations of this plant growing in containers at our nursery, in our own
garden and in other gardens.
We grow this plant in 1" Starter plugs, Quarts; Full Gal., and 3-gal. Starter Plants that is 6"-15" tall, great size to put up into a 4" pot or take 2-3 for a full gallon pot.
We combine shipping: $6.50 for the first one bought, $3 each for all other purchases this size.
Example: 3 bought=$6.50+$3+$3=total ship $12.50
Tropical Plant(actually will take temps as low as 25 degrees)-Full sun to part sun
Medium water requirements early and pretty drought tolerant once plant is established
12-24 inches tall but reaches 6' to 16' in flower beds.
You can use liquid fertilizer every other week or a slow release fertilizer a couple of times a season
This plant is very easy to grow, it will tolerate all types of soil and watering.