This dwarf schefflera is an evergreen shrub with dark green, glossy, palmate leaves densely covering flexible, green stems which gently fan out into a rounded crown. Moderate salt tolerance.
Part shade, part sun
Adequate water to keep from drying out and remaining dry.
General purpose fertilizer.
Pruning and wiring:
Branching can be encouraged by pinching the stems. It can be pruned into a small tree over a period of years. Style as a broad crowned bonsai with the silhouette of a banyan tree.
May be propagated by cuttings, seed and air layer.
The tree needs annual repotting and may be severely root pruned. Not particular about the type of soil, however it should be well drained and slightly alkaline.
Pests and diseases:
Scale and spider mites when grown indoors. No diseases of major concern.
US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fact Sheet ST-586.
Compiled by Thomas L. Zane