Schefflera, Dwarf Umbrella Plant 'Trinette'

Schefflera arboricola

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



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Mobile, Alabama

Hayward, California

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Bokeelia, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)

Fort Myers, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Land O Lakes, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Milton, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Tavernier, Florida

Windermere, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Richmond, Maine

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Middletown, New York

Waxhaw, North Carolina

Houston, Texas

Nome, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rosenberg, Texas

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 19, 2013, coastalzonepush from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

i love the bright color these shrubs provide, especially bright in shade. i love to see them brighten up those dark corners.
mine are in part-full sun and tolerate it well. it seems the roots are very shallow and thick.

i did have mealybugs on the older leaves - not sure why not the younger but i'm not complaining.


On May 11, 2011, kwhitney from Los Alamos, NM wrote:

This is one of my favorite houseplants. I have one of these in a 6" pot. The pot is on the deep side, so the plant is doing fine and not suffering from the relatively small container it's in. I bought it in a little 3.5" pot last February, and had to repot very soon because it had grown from about 4" tall to about 10" tall. Very prolific. It grew to over 2' tall within eight months of me purchasing it.

I have never seen any bugs whatsoever on this plant, even though my houseplant collection is suffering from a moderate mealybug problem.

I cut it back by half about four months ago because it was getting a little too tall for its pot, and now it's filled out nicely and grown at least another 6". I plan on repotting it into an 8" pot as soon as I can get ... read more


On Nov 30, 2010, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Had this plant for years (5) in same small pot and it has not looked the least bit stressed. Grows very large with small rootball. Does great if I forget to water it for a month, or it rains on it daily. ONly problem is high heat (leaves fry in sun if over 110F) and extreme cold (25F or less does similar things to leaves). One of the best potted trees that require the least maintenance (other than pruning back now and then).


On Oct 30, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Easy indoor plant. Mine is by a very bright window. Keeping it moist but not soggy is important. I would call it an average grower, not too slow, not too fast. It can be pinched to promote bushiness.


On Oct 21, 2009, mswestover from Yulee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Zone 9a, growing in a pot. Just gets bigger every year. No problems or pests. In the garage for the winter.


On Nov 19, 2008, cowboydj from Rosenberg, TX wrote:

A couple weeks ago, I spied something "funny looking" on my plant. A closer look revealed buds!!!! I didn't even know Schefflera flowered!?!?!?! I was so excited and am now anxiously awaiting the blossoms!

There are simply no words to adequately describe the feeling of discovering one of Nature's surprises. They are more than worth the work it takes to keep our plants pretty and happy.



On Oct 1, 2008, JamesPark from Auckland,
New Zealand (Zone 9a) wrote:

An attractive evergreen, showing no damage at 27F. Fast growing, but slows down considerably if the soil dries out. Easily pruned, and forms a very interesting crown of leaves if the top is cut off.


On Sep 22, 2008, rcharding from Mobile, AL wrote:

Beautiful foliage plant. I have it planted in a west-facing, protected area to guard against Mobile's infrequent below-freezing nights. It does just fine on the Gulf Coast.


On Mar 2, 2008, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

A great tropical plant for coastal California and coastal valleys and of course, the bay area. Long lived, easy to care for plant that takes full sun to full shade,thriving in the sweet spot mix. Much larger than 48". I have seen them as small trees here in Hayward that were 10' tall. I have one almost that height and 16' wide growing up against a wall almost in a flat plane. Usually multitrunked,They can be trained to a single trunk. In the wild the species arboricola can be an epiphyte. That gives them a tolerance for low water even if they do thrive with more water than average. Hardy i would say to 28f..below that, much kill back. I haven't seen one flower- yet. With the variegated leaves those Schefflera red fruits would be outstanding. Aphids are the main pest. Keep an eye open for t... read more


On Jan 10, 2008, ivytucker from Cape Coral, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I often hear people complain that this plant is too common in South Florida landscapes. Well cared for specimens can be real show stoppers. The variegation looks great with any flower colors and the plant is about as low maintenance an any you'll find. The crushed leaves and sap smell like pine to me. This plant succeeds best indoors with high light levels (meaning some direct sun).


On Mar 7, 2007, Cambium from Lamar, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've had mine in same pot for over 8 years. It is a lovely dwarf Schefflera that should be kept bushy. If not trimmed, it can become unsightly & leggy. In 6a, it was a house plant for years but now does very well outside in a large clay pot, on north side of my house with strong ambient light. I'd suggest strong lighting if inside the house. I water deeply each week with very weak fertilizer. When healthy, it doesn't seem to be bothered by any pests. Nice landscape plant.