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ARBORICOLA - Hawaiian Schefflera

An easy care plant the dense bushlike Arboricola has small somewhat thick, oval leaves about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long. They are usually a medium to dark green or there are a few varigated varieties that have lighter markings from almost white to a soft, creamy yellow.

WATER: Water when soil surface approaches dryness. Do not allow plant to stand in water. Overwatering will cause Arboricolas to loose leaves. Underwatering will cause leaves to yellow and then fall off.  Arbs like high humidity with good air circulation.

LIGHT: Arboricolas like bright indirect light but try to avoid direct sunlight.

TEMPERATURE: Average temperatures are fine although they do not like temperatures much above 75 degrees and they can't tollerate a cold draft, so don't place them near a door or a leaky window.

These plants are readily available in 3", 4", 6", 8" and 10" pot sizes and can be had by special order in a 14" pot.