Does Schefflera Bloom: Information On Schefflera Plant Flowers
By: Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer
Schefflera is popular as a houseplant and is usually grown for its attractive foliage. Most people in temperate regions have never seen a schefflera blooming, and it would be easy to assume that the plant doesn’t produce flowers. Flowering schefflera plants may be unusual, but these plants do bloom once in a while, even when they’re grown indoors year round.
When Does Schefflera Bloom?
Schefflera plants, which are commonly known as umbrella trees, are tropical. In the wild, they grow in tropical rainforests or in various parts of Australia and China, depending on the species. They certainly produce flowers in their native habitats, but you may be wondering: does schefflera bloom in cooler regions?
Schefflera plants are less likely to flower in temperate regions, but they do produce flowers occasionally, especially in warmer locations like Florida and Southern California.
In gardening zones 10 and 11, Schefflera actinophylla can be planted outdoors in a full sun location, and these conditions seem to give the plant the best chance to flower. The schefflera blooms are most likely to appear in summer. Flowering is not reliable outside the tropics, so this likely won’t happen every year.
Schefflera arboricola has been known to bloom indoors. Giving the plant as much sunlight as possible may help encourage it to flower, and this species, too, is most likely to bloom in summer.
What Do Schefflera Flowers Look Like?
Depending on the species, schefflera blooms can be white, pink, or red. In Schefflera actinophylla, each inflorescence, or flower spike, is quite long and showy, with many small flowers emerging along its length. The inflorescences are grouped in clusters at the end of branches. These clusters have been described as looking like the tentacles of an upside-down octopus, which accounts for one of the plant’s common names, “octopus-tree”.
Schefflera arboricola produces more compact flowers on small inflorescences that look like small white spikes. Its flower spikes also grow in clusters that have a surprising appearance, especially on a plant that is so well known for its foliage.
When your schefflera plant flowers, it is definitely a special occasion. Be sure to take some photos before these schefflera blooms fade!
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Read more about Schefflera Plants
Botanical Name: Schefflera arboricola
Dwarf Schefflera is a compact variety showcasing small, ovate, dark green leaves. This popular houseplant can grow up to 3-4 feet tall and wide.
Botanical Name: Schefflera alpina
Alpina is a wild species that can withstand cool conditions than traditional varieties. It can reach an impressive height of 5-6 feet indoors.
Botanical Name: Schefflera ‘Petite’
‘Petite’ is a dwarf small Schefflera that has densely variegated lime-green leaves. If you like contrasting hues in foliage, this is the variety to grow!
4. Madame De Smet
Botanical Name: Schefflera ‘Madame De Smet’
‘Madame De Smet’ is a gorgeous variety with dark green leaves wildly variegated in golden-white. This excellent houseplant has a compact form.
5. Australia Umbrella Tree
Botanical Name: Schefflera actinophylla
This variety features glossy large leaflets. It can grow into a huge tree but is mostly grown in pots to give a fuller, bushier effect. It is also classified as Brassaia actinophylla.
Botanical Name: Schefflera ‘Amate’
What sets this variety apart from the rest are its glossy leaves. The plant does best in medium to bright light.
7. False Aralia
Botanical Name: Schefflera elegantissima
The tall and slender stems of this plant have beautiful serrated leaves with a copper-burgundy tone when they are young and a rich green hue when they mature.
8. Green Gold
Botanical Name: Schefflera ‘Gold Capella’
The palm-like, glossy leaves of the plant have a fantastic combination of green and golden yellow. It is a rapidly growing variety which you can keep in control by regular trimming.
Botanical Name: Schefflera ‘Janine’
Native to Taiwan and Hainan, this compact plant offers cream and light green variegation. Its finger-like leaves also make it quite an attractive variety!
10. Taiwanese Schefflera
Botanical Name: Schefflera taiwaniana
The glossy and dark leaves of this plant look like the spokes of a wheel, making them quite beautiful with the red stalks. The foliage is also covered in fine silver hair.
Botanical Name: Schefflera ‘Trinette’
If you want a variegated variety that stands out, then this plant will keep you happy with its green foliage splashed with creamy yellow patches. Keep it at a bright spot for the best colors.
Botanical Name: Schefflera heptaphylla
Also a medicinal plant, its slender leaves are narrow and have a slight tint of light green and yellow. It looks great in small pots.
Full or partial sunlight and a fast draining growing medium are ideal conditions for schefflera and its dwarf counterpart. Under full sunlight the plants will bloom, eventually producing red or orange fruit. Dwarf schefflera is also adapted for areas of full shade and has a high tolerance for drought. The larger schefflera plant is less drought resistant and grows best in well-drained soil that is not constantly wet. The ideal soil for schefflera and its dwarf variety has a pH level close to neutral and a sandy, loamy composition that promotes rapid drainage.
Daniel Thompson began writing about analytical literature in 2004. He has written informative guides for a hardware store and was published at an academic conference as part of a collaborative project. He attained a Bachelors of Fine Arts in English literature from Eastern Kentucky University.
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While scheffleras are natives to Australia, New Caledonia, southern Asia, Hawaii, and Taiwan, they have also adapted well to other regions, especially California and Florida. Near a swimming pool, the schefflera performs well, especially in moist, well-drained soil. Schefflera also goes by the name of Queensland Umbrella Tree and Octopus Tree. Combine it with other tropicals like hibiscus, cannas, and bromeliads.
- USDA Growing Zones: 10 to 11
- Color Varieties: White, pink, or red
- Sun Exposure: Bright indirect light
- Soil Needs: Rich and moist
Most of the plants in this list grow best in warmer climates (USDA Zones 9 to 11). Many, however, can be grown in containers and overwintered indoors.