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Heptapleurum arboricola


Heptapleurum arboricola Hayata

Family Name: Araliaceae
Synonyms: Schefflera arboricola (Hayata) Merr.
Common Name: Dwarf Umbrella-Tree, Umbrella Shrub, Star Leaf, Hawaiian Elf Schefflera, Hawaiian Elf


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Taiwan
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Evergreen shrub, able to grow up to 3 - 6 m tall.
Foliage Leaves palmately compound, each leaf containing 7-9 leaflets, obovate-oblong to elliptic in shape and measuring 10 - 15 cm long. 
Flowers Red tiny flowers borne in a compound panicle.
Fruit Fruit is an orange drupe which becomes black upon maturity.
Etymology Genus Schefflera honors 18th century botanist J. C. Scheffler who was from Danzig, Germany. Species arboricola means "living on trees"

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Easy to Grow, Drought Tolerant, Well-Drained Soils


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

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Master ID 1139
Species ID 2432
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Species record last updated on: 09 May 2024.