Specie: S. arboricola
Dwarf Umbrella Tree.
Name in Latin: Araliaceae
Name in English: Aralia Family, Ivy Family
Origin: native to Taiwan
Growth Habit: evergreen shrub growing to 3-6 m tall, free-standing, or clinging to the trunks of other trees.
Flower: flowers are produced in a 20 cm panicle of small umbels, each umbel 7-10 mm diameter with 5-10 flowers.
Blooming Period: late spring/early summer
Leaf: leaves are palmately compound, with 7-9 leaflets, the leaflets 9-20 cm long and 4-10 cm broad
commonly grown as a houseplant, popular for its tolerance of neglect and poor growing conditions
Care and Handling
Soil: all purpose or tropical mix soil.
Amount of water: moist but not wet, does not like to sit in water.
Nutrition: Feed monthly spring through summer with a water soluble fertilizer.
Special handling: prefers higher light if possible, but can adapt to a wide variety of light levels.
The umbrella plant lends itself easily to the bonsai form and is popular as an indoor bonsai. Under the right conditions, this plant will produce aerial roots that, when they reach the ground, will convert to fully functional roots. They give the plant an unusual and interesting appearance.