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Schefflera actinophylla (Endl.) H.A.T. Harms


Schefflera actinophylla can grow to 40 ft. (12.2 m) tall. Stems can be single or multi-stemmed.
Leaves are palm-like with 7-16 leaflets. Leaflets are ovate, entire and 12 in. (30 cm) long.
Flowering occurs in summer to early fall, when large, red inflorescences develop at the stem tips. Flowers are red and 1 in. (2.5 cm) wide.
Fruits are round, dark purple, and 0.25 in. (7 mm) in diameter.
Ecological Threat
Schefflera actinophylla is native to Australia and was introduced into Florida in 1927 as an ornamental. Plants can tolerate a wide range of sun and moisture levels, but are restricted to areas with minimum temperatures above 35°F (1.7°C).

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Apiales
Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Schefflera
Subject: Schefflera actinophylla (Endl.) H.A.T. Harms

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
brassaia, ivy palm, schefflera, umbrella tree

Related Scientific Names:
Brassaia actinophylla (Endl.) H.A.T. Harms (Synonym)


Plants - Hardwood Trees