Schefflera Arboricola Plant: Caring For The Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Here’s a quick look at one of the most easy to find indoor plants today – the Umbrella plant or Schefflera Arboricola.

This video discusses care of the Dwarf Schefflera

This video from the Bonsai channel talks about pest control and pruning a dwarf umbrella tree.

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jennifer June 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Is umbrella plants…..r they poisenous to cats and dogs??

Rita July 4, 2010 at 8:16 am

About 2 years ago my daughter gave me her Schefflera plant because it was dying. It thrives beaufifully in my sun room. So much so that it has grown so high that it tips and I’m afraid it will turn right over. Sticks don’t do it. So I would like to cut it down and make another plant out of it, as I don’t have enough room to put it into a larger pot. Can you please help me and tell me how to do this. I would greatly appreciate it. Since I never had this type of plant, it has never been pruned. I just love it! Thank you for your help.

James Bullock August 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Depending on what kind of Schefflera you have… I have many arboricola and trinette, but outdoors in now-10-year-old hedges which have always been hacked back to 3′ high several times each year with no ill effects.

Jooles August 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm


I have had my plant since 1989, and have a second plant that I obtained by simply sticking a branch into a pot of compost I pruned from the original! Regularly water and you should be successful.

Good luck.


Matt September 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Umbrella Plants like even sun so if it is leaning it probably means it gets more sun on that side. Turn it to face the opposite way and it should sprout out the other direction and prevent the tipping.