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Schefflera taiwaniana
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Taiwanese schefflera

Can make a single-stemmed, small tree, or a multi-stemmed shrub. The glossy, dark, evergreen leaves have up to 11 narrow, pointed leaflets arranged like the spokes of a wheel, on long, dark red stalks. Young foliage is covered in silvery hairs. Green-brown flowers are produced in branched sprays in late summer, followed by purple-black berries in winter

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Grey Silver Green
Summer Red Brown Green Grey Silver Green
Autumn Red Green Black Purple
Winter Red Green Black Purple
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Araliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Contact may cause skin allergies. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Taiwan

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade. Young plants may need to be kept frost-free, but will survive outdoors in most areas once up to 1m or so, if sheltered from cold, drying winds

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

No pruning required, but pinching out shoots will create a more bushy effect

Pests

Generally pest free when grown outdoors

Diseases

Generally disease free

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