Hailing form Taiwan in Asia, this well-known houseplant is shamelessly tender, but who cares, it makes a smashing plant for an airy well lit corner of your living room or in a conservatory in dappled shade, where it will impart a really tropical feel with its colourful variegated foliage.
Sometimes it is sold with a braded stem, adding to its charm and architectural quality. Its canopy consists of shiny, green and yellow striped leaves which droop gracefully from its branches.
It won’t take frost, but will take temperatures down to just above freezing; hence it can also be used as a container plant grown outside during the summer months then brought back in again in late autumn before the frost season sets in.
With time it can form quite a substantial shrub which can be lightly pruned to keep in good shape.
Latin name: Schefflera arboricola ‘Variegata’
Common Name: Variegated Umbrella Plant
Ease of growing: Easy
Position: Dappled shade if placed outside for the summer otherwise use as an indoor plant
Hardiness: Down to just above freezing for short periods only, otherwise cool room temperature
Soil Condition: Gritty potting compost – feeding occasionally to keep it healthy