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Types of Houseplants

Schefflera actinophylla (Brassaia actinophylla)
Umbrella tree, Schefflera

Schefflera is a popular indoor plant that can reach 8 feet tall under proper growing conditions. Its glossy large, compound leaves resemble an umbrella.


Plant in an all-purpose potting mix and water thoroughly, but allow to dry moderately between waterings.

Special Requirements

In warm, dry rooms, they tend to be attacked by spider mites. Increase humidity to help avoid this. Carefully wash leaves (top and underside) regularly. Tip pruning will help keep plant bushy.