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Schefflera elegantissima

Pronunciation: Shef-ler-uh el-uh-gan-tiss-simuh
Family: Araliaceae
Synonym: Aralia elegantissima, dizygotheca elegantissima
Common Name: False aralia
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
Height to: 50'
Width to: 10'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 80 to 70ºF ZONE 14
Sun Exposure:
  • full shade
  • part sun
Bloom Season:
  • mid autumn
  • late autumn
  • early winter
Bloom Description: False aralia (schefflera elegantissima) bears yellowish green flowers in terminal umbels, to 12" long, followed by spherical, black fruit.
Soil Type: False aralia (schefflera elegantissima) prefer fertile, humus rich, moist but well drained soil
Pests and Diseases: False aralia (schefflera elegantissima) are susceptible to scale insects, thrips and mealybugs
Propagation: Sow false aralia (schefflera elegantissima) seed at 66-75f in spring. Root semi ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer. Air layer in spring.
Native to: False aralia (schefflera elegantissima) is native to new caledonia
Winter Sowing Zones: None
Notes for Identification:  false aralia (schefflera elegantissima) is an erect, sparsely branched, large shrub or small tree with leaves, 3-16" long, composed of 7-11 linear, deeply toothed leaflets, 6-9" long; when young, they are glossy, dark green above, dark brown beneath, with white midribs; adult plants have broader, stiffer, less glossy leaflets. False aralia (schefflera elegantissima) care: under glass, grow in soil based potting mix in bright filtered or indirect light. During the growing season, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly; keep just moist in winter. Pot on in spring. Outdoors, shelter from cold, drying winds. False aralia (schefflera elegantissima) pruning: when dormant in late winter or early spring, remove wayward or crossing shoots to maintain permanent or healthy framework. Source:  source: various resources including the american horticultural society a to z encyclopedia of garden plants
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • Less then 1 day ZONE 1
  • 1 to 7 days ZONE 2
  • 7 to 14 days ZONE 3
  • 14 to 30 days ZONE 4
  • 30 to 45 days ZONE 5
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
  • 120 to 150 days ZONE 9
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Trees, Shrubs
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