Dwarf Umbrella Tree

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  • Easy Care
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 6 Feet

Dwarf Umbrella Tree, Schefflera arboricola, also known as Parasol, Umbrella Plant, or Dwarf Hawaiian Schefflera, is a popular broadleaf tropical houseplant with attractive leaf clusters that mimic the shape of an umbrella. As a bonus, the Dwarf Umbrella tree is a natural air freshener and detoxifier, making it a useful and attractive addition to any home or office space. It has larger leaves and smaller stature than other varieties and is native to South Asia and Australia.

Best Locations For Growing Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Dwarf Umbrella tree thrives in room temperatures between 60 - 70 degrees F. Avoid placing it near heat vents or chilly drafts to prevent damage to its leaves. It likes a consistent environment. As a tropical plant, it enjoys a little humidity, so consider placing a humidifier near this tropical. 

Dwarf Umbrella Tree Sunlight Requirements

Dwarf Umbrella tree prefers medium to bright indirect light; avoid intense direct sun as it can burn the leaves. Schefflera grows as understory plants in their native habitat, so they are shielded by the tall tree canopy.

Dwarf Umbrella Tree Care

Prune Dwarf Umbrella tree in the spring and promptly remove any brown or yellow parts of the plant. If you notice your plant has yellow leaves that are dropping, you may be overwatering; brown, dried leaves are a sign of underwatering. If it has leggy or droopy stems, this tree is likely not getting enough sunlight. Dwarf Umbrella Trees can reach over 6 ft tall when grown in ideal environments, so pruning to keep them to a manageable size is suggested. You can pinch off the ends of the main branches to encourage more foliar growth. Propagate this plant using leaf or stem cuttings.

Watering Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Wait until the soil almost completely dries out before giving this tree a thorough soaking, allowing excess water to drain fully from the pot. Do not let the soil become soggy or waterlogged. Instead of following a regular watering schedule, observe the soil; it may naturally be drier in the summer, so increase watering frequency during the warmer months and scale back during the winter months. 

Feeding Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Fertilize with a well-balanced liquid houseplant food during the spring and summer growing seasons. Umbrella tree does not require fertilizer during winter months.

Dwarf Umbrella Tree Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 6 feet
Mature Spread: 4-8 feet
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Glossy Dark Green
Temperature: 65° - 90°F (18° - 32°C)
Humidity: At Least 60%
Common Name: Dwarf Umbrella Tree
Other Name(s): Dwarf Umbrella Tree
Scientific Name: Schefflera arboricola
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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Summer Shipping

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