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Schefflera arboricola 'Luseane'

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Schefflera (shef-LER-uh) (Info)
Species: arboricola (ar-bor-ee-KO-luh) (Info)
Cultivar: Luseane

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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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:
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Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Vestia 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.

Neutral rntx22 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.


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

Hayward, California
San Francisco, California
Silver Springs, Florida

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