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An easy plant to care for, the Schefflera has oval, shiny, leathery leaflets 4 to 6 inches long that grow on a sturdy treelike bush. Arboricola leaflets are smaller and more numerous, whereas the Amate and Renegade leaflets are larger and usually glossier and darker green. Amate Scheffs have a wider growth habit; Renegades more upright and columnar; and Arboricolas are more dense and bushy. The leaflets grow on the stalk similar to an open umbrella, hence the common name Umbrella plant.

LIGHT: Scheffs like a bright area away from direct sunlight. They will tolerate a somewhat lower light area also.

WATER: Water generously during the summer and cut back somewhat during the winter. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Do not let plant stand in water.

Scheffleras benefit from an occassional misting provided you have good air circulation. An excellent choice for home or office. Amate and Renegade Scheffs can grow 6 - 8 feet tall and are easy to care for and fairly pest resistant.

Arboricolas are readily available in 3", 4", 6", 8", 10" and larger sizes.
Amate and Renegade are usually in 8" or 10" pot sizes.