More Information About Schefflera
Many of you know this evergreen genus as a house plant and may have even grown Schefflera arboricola, or S. actinophylla in some lonely corner of your house. Those of you who live in the Pacific Northwest, may already be familiar with certain Schefflera species (S. delavayi, S. taiwaniana, S. hoi, S. alpina, S. petiolosa) as evergreen landscape shrubs with large, tropical looking leaves.
Here in the Southeast US, in zones 7a and up, we too can have some of these secretly cold hardy tropical Scheffleras from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, and the Himalayas. Plant explorers like Dan Hinkley have been collecting exotic Schefflera species for years and some of the hardier types are just now starting to make their way into Southeast gardens.
In addition to being evergreen, Schefflera leaf bottoms and trunks are often covered with an attractive colorful fuzz called indumentum. Grow Schefflera like you would a Rhododendron or Fatsia, with dappled sun, well drained soil and even moisture. The evergreen Schefflera leaves will appear to wilt on feezing nights, that is just a protection mechanism and the plants will rebound when the temps do. Try pairing Schefflera with dwarf conifers like Chamaecyparis, and other classy shade plants like Helleborus, and Hosta. For a little color throw in some Primula, Iris or an orchid like Bletilla. When you are ready to buy Schefflera for your garden, check out our online list of Schefflera for sale below.