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Question: I purchased an umbrella plant. I have seen them as a single stem with a lollipop canvase how do I achieve that look

Answer: Schefflera actinophylla is the umbrella plant and all it takes is time for it to grow into a tree with a bare trunk. Just remove all the foliage around the sides of the main stem you want to turn into the trunk and then as the single stem grows and gets more leaves on top, keep the bottom leaves cut off. It's easy to do but it will take several years for your plant to grow into a tree.

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