The Schefflera ‘Compacta’ - braided trunk

Schefflera aboricola 'Compacta'

The Schefflera ‘Compacta’ - braided trunk

Schefflera aboricola 'Compacta'
Eastern intellectual
The Schefflera ‘Compacta’ has leathery leaves and is also called the umbrella tree. It is a popular and robust plant that is great for the indoors. Its dark green leaves combined with its braided trunk add an outdoor ambience to your living space. The Schefflera is native to the jungles of Taiwan.
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The Schefflera ‘Compacta’ - braided trunk
The Schefflera ‘Compacta’ - braided trunk
The Schefflera ‘Compacta’ - braided trunk
Latin name: Schefflera aboricola 'Compacta'
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Green
Preferred location: Half shadow
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: Yes
Hardy plants: No
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Growing Height: 50 - 150 cm

You have a number of options upon receipt of your schefflera arboricola.

  • Cover the base of an attractive planter with potsherds or a layer of hydro pellets. A pot with holes in the base on a dish is preferable. Stand your plant in the planter, nursery pot and all. Water immediately.
  • Remove from the nursery pot and pot up in a nice planter with holes in the base and standing on a dish. Cover the holes in the pot with potsherds or a layer of hydro pellets. Add fresh potting compost and stand the root ball at the correct height in the pot. Fill the pot with more compost (to around 3 cm below the edge of the pot) and press firmly down. Water immediately.
  • Or you can stand the plant in a decorative with no holes in the base. Put a layer of potsherds on the bottom and place the pot on top. You can then see if the plant is standing in water.
  • Just stand your plant on a dish, still in its nursery pot.

The best spot for your schefflera or Umbrella tree

The most perfect spot for your plant is:

  1. Somewhere with lots of light but is protected from the full blast of the mid-day sun. Mornings and evenings are not a problem and will even be appreciated! About 3 metres from the window would probably be ideal.
  2. Somewhere warm - between 18 and 23 degrees centigrade. If you have underfloor heating, so much the better. Standing your schefflera above a radiator is not a good idea as your plant will dry out all the quicker with a resulting loss of leaf or leaves that turn brown.
  3. Somewhere with high humidity (60-70%). Spraying the plant to raise humidity levels will help a lot - spraying several times a day will help even more!


Water your green schefflera a little at least 3 times a week for a continuous growth. Feed monthly with plant food for green plants. Water even more in warm summers but really only when the potting compost feels dry to the touch. If water drains off into the planter or saucer, empty it after 1 or 2 hours.

Schefflera arboricola goes naturally dormant in November and December. Then is the time to reduce watering and stop feeding but it can remain in the living room and need not be stood somewhere cooler. In January, you can start to increase with the watering and feeding again as above.

This plant requires less water, the more it is in the shade. For living rooms with humidity below 50%, spray once or twice daily. Use rain water or cooled boiled water to avoid lime marks from tap water on the leaves.

Extra tips

Normal growth will show that as the plant gets taller it can lose some of its lower leaves. The fact that some leaves turn brown is not unusual and doesn’t mean that there is a problem - just as long as it keeps making new ones. As they become faded they can be cut off the plant with a pair of pruning shears.

Knowing all this, you will be able to keep your green schefflera healthy and always looking fresh!


Schefflera arboricola ‘Nora’ is a strong, easy to grow houseplant. The leaves last a long time – the leaf is extra green on the underside which keeps it active for longer.

This schefflera is originally from the tropical rain forests of Taiwan where it usually grows in the shade. Eventually they become very large plants and can then take full sun – in the tropics they can reach up to 4 metres tall.

In temperate climes, schefflera arboricola makes a very popular houseplant. The white flowers will only appear in tropical conditions so cannot be expected in our living rooms.

Schefflera is classified as Araliaceae.


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