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Schefflera Species, Delavay's Schefflera, Hardy Schefflera

Schefflera delavayi

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Schefflera (shef-LER-uh) (Info)
Species: delavayi (del-uh-VAY-ee) (Info)
Synonym:Agalma delavayi
Synonym:Agalma discolor
Synonym:Heptapleurum delavayi
Synonym:Schefflera discolor
Synonym:Schefflera megalobotrya




Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Section, Alabama

Tarzana, California

Wilmington, Delaware

Port Republic, Maryland

Yonkers, New York

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Norfolk, Virginia

Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 2, 2016, aphclr from Port Republic, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've had Schefflera delavayi in my garden for about 3 years and it has shrugged off our crazy cold (for my area) winters we have been having (down to 9 degrees). Like a Rhododendron the leaves droop and curl in the extreme cold. But once the weather warms it sends out new growth. I have mine planted under some large trees in sandy soil amended with leaf mold. I can't wait until it gets large (currently 2x2ft.)! I give it supplemental water in the summer as I've read that it grows faster in a moist environment.


On Jan 19, 2014, billyvanbakker from Yonkers, NY wrote:

Purchased thus plant from Far Reaches farm. Planted it out in spring of 13. Slow grower but now it's Janruary 14 and not one bit of cold damage. The proof will be when spring comes. Very excited to see. Btw, this winter it's dropped near zero f.


On Jun 24, 2013, RonDEZone7a from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

Schefflera delavayi has proved to be amazingly hardy. I am in Zone 7a in northern Delaware and this species survived unprotected in my garden, through one normal winter so far, with virtually no damage. The foliage droops in below-freezing weather but perks up once warm weather returns. It is a woodland species so I have mine growing mostly in light shade, with little direct sun.

I would recommend growing this plant in a pot for a few years (bring it inside in winter), to develop a good root system, before planting it in the ground. The reason being, small mail-order plants tend to be recently rooted cuttings and can be a little delicate.


On Jan 15, 2010, lisamichelle from Hendersonville, TN wrote:

I just needed some help and had many questions on whether I could save mine or not as it had white circles of dust and sap leaking from it. Wanted to know what I could do if anything.


On Feb 7, 2008, growin from Beautiful, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

This nice Schefflera is turning out to be remarkably hardy. The leaves remind me of Schefflera actinophylla and seem to have a tomentosa on the undersides and new growth. Seems to be putting on good growth for that tropical affect in a temperate climate.