Schefflera arbricola, also known as Abicola, is a large shrub that can grow up to 5-10 feet tall. It is a tropical plant that loves full sun. This versatile shrub is a popular choice for home, office, and dorms and can grow in both low to high lighting conditions. It is known for its ornamental foliage covered in tiny umbrella-shaped leaves that form a dense green canopy.
To keep your Abicola looking its best, it requires moderate water. Make sure that the soil is always slightly moist, but not soggy. It grows in USDA Zones 9-11. If you live in a colder climate, it is best to keep this plant in a pot since it can only tolerate temperatures at least down to mid-30s Fahrenheit for short periods of time.
When planting in a pot, make sure the pot has good drainage. Water your Schefflera arbricola regularly, making sure to empty the saucer after each watering. Feed your plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season. Cut away dead or diseased branches as soon as you notice them.
Caring for your Schefflera arbricola is relatively easy and with the right care, it will reward you with beautiful shrub that is an asset for any home or office.