Schefflera Arboricola care tips

What is the best way to care for your Schefflera Arboricola?

Native to Taiwan and China’s Hainan Province; the Schefflera Arboricola. Because of the many small leaves and compact growth, it is also called ‘umbrella plant’ or ‘dwarf schefflera’. In nature, this plant can grow up to 30 meters high and grows against other trees as an ‘epiphyte’.

The Schefflera Arboricola has different species and is therefore part of about 600 different Schefflera’s that exist. There are large- and small-leaved Schefflera’s and they can have green, green-yellow variegated or green-white variegated leaves. The latter occurs with the Schefflera Arboricola ‘Charlotte‘.


Scheffleras like to be in a light spot with (a lot of) indirect sunlight. This means that the plant can stand directly in front of a north-facing window, directly in front of up to 2 meters from a west and east window, or 2 to 3 meters from a south-facing window. The variegated Schefflera’s such as ‘Charlotte’ and ‘Capella’ can preferably receive more light because they have fewer chlorophyll grains in their leaves.


The humidity does not have to be above average for a Schefflera. Spraying the plant, when you are watering it anyway, is certainly appreciated. It also helps the plant to be more resistant to pests.

Watering need

The soil of the Schefflera Aboricola is preferably continuously slightly moist. A few days after watering, check whether the soil is still wet or feels dry by inserting your finger two knuckles deep into the soil. Based on the moisture of the soil, you determine whether it is time to water again or whether it is better to wait a little longer. In winter, the soil may dry out slightly more than in summer.

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The Schefflera Arboricola is expected to need a new pot after 3 years, which means that it is a relatively ‘slow grower’. After you buy the plant, check whether you want to repot it at that time or wait for the right time in the spring.


Every plant has different wishes when it comes to ambient temperature. The desired minimum temperature of the Schefflera Arboricola is;

14 degrees Celsius during the day
8 degrees Celsius at night

If it gets colder outside, try to keep the temperature inside as constant as possible and keep the plants away from drafty windows. In addition to causing cold currents, it also increases the risk of pests.

This card is the summary of the care instructions of the Schefflera.

For all Charlotte’s “out there”; the Schefflera Arboricola ‘Charlotte’. A small-leaved, compact tree with white-green variegated leaves. A relatively easy plant that will thrive in many places in your house. The variegated leaves allows this plant to use more light than the other types of Shefflera.
Pay attention; this plant is currently only available to pick up in the store or to have it delivered within Rotterdam via our bicycle courier.

Schefflera Arboricola ‘Charlotte’

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