False Aralia Schefflera elegantissima

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
False aralia
False aralia
False aralia


It is a very ornamental plant, usually an unbranched tree with a brownish rough bark and dark green leaves of unusual shape, most of which are gathered on top. The flowers of Schefflera are small and unremarkable. They bloom indoors extremely rarely. 
Indoors, the size of the plant reaches up to 40-60 inches high and uo to 20 inches wide. The leaves are palmately compound, up to 15 inches long, serrated, dark green, almost black, serrated at the edges. Leaf blades are placed on a high petiole and are dissected into 4-12 lobes that grow from the 1st point.
In nature, it is a tree that grows up to 49 feet tall.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      False Aralia

    • Common names

      Aralia elegantissima, Dizygotheca coenosa, Dizygotheca elegantissima, Dizygotheca faguetii, Schefflera coenosa, Schefflera elegantissima, Schefflera faguetii

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Non-toxic but avoid ingesting. May cause personal intolerance if ingested.

    • To pets

      Non-toxic but avoid ingesting them and keep them away from pets. May cause personal intolerance if ingested.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves

      Dark green

    • Flower color


    • Height

      5 feet

    • Spread

      1,6 feet

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      New Caledonia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    Undemanding and unpretentious;
    Able to decorate any room thanks to its graceful shape and spectacular foliage;
    Appreciated by florists for its beautiful, showy leaves, which are quite similar to a human palm;
    In some countries, this flower is called an umbrella dwarf or umbrella tree.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    Schefflera ethanol and ethyl acetate extracts inhibited Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of malaria, in an in vitro assay. The results justify the use of the plant for the treatment of specific diseases in traditional medicine.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    Schefflera has the ability to reduce air pollutants such as mold and other toxic substances.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Planting a Schefflera in front of your home will not only make your home greener, but it will also help benefit your family. 
    Another reason to grow chefflera in front of the house is that this plant, if it is placed in a good place, will bring good luck to the family.
    If it is not possible to grow the plant outside the house, placing the plant in the southern part of the house will bring good luck.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Schefflera has the greatest patronage for representatives of fire signs - Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. This tree brings good luck by smoothing the heat of emotions and helps to think soberly.
    This selectivity of chevrilers does not mean that they do not help other signs. It is just that their influence on fire signs is more pronounced.

1 - 2 times a week
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every 2 year
Every spring
  • water dropWater

    Moderate, avoid overwatering; in summer - 2-3 times a week, in winter - once every 7-10 days.
    A good rule of thumb is to wait until the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry to the touch before watering again.

  • sunLight

    Schefflera elegantissima needs bright indirect light.
    Summer sun rays are destructive for it, causing burns, so southern windows are not suitable. Best light for the plant is created on the windows of the western and eastern orientation, the southern part of the dwelling (not under direct sun rays), and also in the summer time the northern windows will also suitable.
    In summer the plant can be taken out into the garden, protecting it from direct sunlight.

  • thermometerTemperature

    In summer 70 - 85 ºF. Can handle 60 degrees but prolonged exposure to cool temperatures (60 and below) can be very damaging to the plant including death.
    In winter 60 - 65 ºF. The plant should be protected from the heat of radiators and cold drafts, which can also cause leaf loss.

  • scissorsPruning

    The plant is constantly increasing in height by dropping its lower leaves. The plant needs to be pruned regularly, forcing it to branch and thereby restraining its growth. Pruning is most often done by pinchung or by lightly cutting off the tips of the shoots. Inner-growing shoots and dry leaves also need pruning.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Soil recommendation is turf soil, leaf soil : sand (2:1:2).

  • plantRepotting

    Since the plant grows slowly, it needs to be replanted once every 2 years by the method of transplanting (without destroying the soil clod). As a mature plant that has reached a pot size of 8-10 inches, transplanting stops. Instead of replanting, you only need to change the topsoil once a year.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Create conditions of high humidity for the plant. Too dry air causes the leaves to fall off. The pot is placed on a tray with moist expanded clay. The leaves are sprayed regularly with soft water.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      All year round

    • Outdoor

      It can be grown in pots as well as in the ground (if you live in a 10-12 hardiness zones). In the second case, you can grow a very ornamental tree.

    • Hardiness zone

      10 - 12 USDA

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • By SEEDS:
      They are planted at the end of winter (seeds can be found on the market). They are planted directly to the ground, but before planting the seeds should be soaked in water for a day with the addition of zircon or epin (natural plant growth stimulators). After planting in moist soil, cover the container to create a greenhouse effect and place it in a warm place (68-75 ºF). Don't forget to ventilate from time to time. After 2-3 true leaves appear, sprouts are transplanted into separate containers;
      By CUTTINGS:
      For propagate this way, you will need semi-woody cuttings. Plant them in moist soil, cover with something like a plastic bag to create a greenhouse effect, and place in a warm place where the temperature is 68-72 ºF. Don't forget to ventilate the cuttings to prevent mold.

  • insectPests

    Spider mite, Diaspididae