Bringing the Outdoors Indoors: Schefflera

Also commonly called umbrella tree, this plant offers glossy foliage with leaflets that radiate out from a central spoke, similar to the ribs of an umbrella. A close relative, dwarf schefflera (Schefflera arboricola) has smaller, thicker leaflets and shorter stems. Both are sometimes classified in the genus Brassaia.

Why We Love It: Its large glossy green leaves create instant tropical flair.

Name: Schefflera actinophylla

Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light; 60-75 degrees F.; keep the soil evenly moist

Size: To 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide