Hawaiian Umbrella Tree, Dwarf Umbrella Plant, Arboricola Tree, Hawaiian Elf 'Luseane'

Schefflera arboricola

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Schefflera (shef-LER-uh) (Info)
Species: arboricola (ar-bor-ee-KO-luh) (Info)
Cultivar: Luseane
Additional cultivar information:(PP9955, aka PVN-1)
Hybridized by Feyrer
Registered or introduced: 1995


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us


Grown for foliage




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Patent expired

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hayward, California

San Francisco, California

Silver Springs, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 19, 2015, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received as a gift. Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree by Brussel's Bonsai Nursery. Labeled "Age 8 yrs, Height 12-14 Indoor. Water thoroughly every other day in direct or low light". And it was about 12" high and 14" wide. Cute.
I surely hope that it is a bonsai, since I have another schefflera which is already over 3ft high/wide and growing by an inch or two each month.


On Mar 21, 2015, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

From Patent Genius: Another S. arboricola, which herein is designated as `Luseane` (unpatented) is also a dwarf and a sport from a standard S. arboricola. The`PVN-1` is a subsequent sport and differs significantly from the `Luseane` as shall be described herein. It is contemplated, though, that notwithstanding the distinction between the `PVN-1` and the `Luseane`, `PVN-1` shall be marketed under the same commercial name "Luseane". Marketing of the earlier plant `Luseane` has been discontinued for some time.


On Jan 17, 2010, Vestia from San Francisco, CA wrote:

This very dwarf form of the "Dwarf Schefflera", is great for bonsai, or for smaller spaces. It's leaves are small, more closely spaced, and of a good texture. The appear to be more closely spaced on the stems. The plant may need brighter light to penetrate the dense foliage. In all other ways this is the same as the nominal species.

According to the plant patent, two similar plants were marketed under this name; both are dwarf, one is smaller.


On Oct 22, 2008, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I see this thing all the time at a certain Home store.... not to mention any names here. Anyway, this is what one online review I found about it says:

Schefflera `Luseane' (Schefflera arboricola `Luseane') Anyone who thinks of schefflera as an uncontrollable monster hasn't been introduced to this petite member of the family. Schefflera `Luseane' has a mature height and width of only 2 to 3 feet. Requiring medium light, it is usually used as a houseplant or bonsai.