• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Schefflera elegantissima

false aralia

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
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  • Other common names false aralia
    petit boux caledonien

    spider plant
    threadleaf false aralia

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  • Synonyms Aralia elegantissima
    Dizygotheca elegantissima

  • Family Araliaceae

  • Genus Schefflera can be evergreen shrubs, trees or climbers with long-stalked palmately divided leaves and, on mature plants only, panicles or racemes of small flowers followed by spherical fleshy fruits

  • Details S. elegantissima is a sparsely-branched, erect shrub to 3m or more, with leaves to 30cm in length, composed of radiating, narrow, toothed, dark bronze-green leaflets, becoming broader on adult plants

  • Plant range New Caledonia

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity Contact may cause skin allergies

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H1B

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Shade

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow under glass in loam-based compost in bright filtered or indirect sunlight. Grow outdoors in fertile, humus-rich moist but well-drained soil in sheltered frost-free area

Propagation Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests May be attacked by scale insects, thrips, and mealybugs under glass

Diseases Generally disease free

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