Houseplants forum: Plant ID, Please!

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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Nov 1, 2015 2:43 PM CST
I just got this for a stellar deal...or atleast I think so! It was only $12.99! Just the pot, alone, would probably be $5-$10 at Lowe's, I imagine. It was the only one, so I grabbed it and pulled it in a second cart along behind me as I made my way to the checkout line wondering what it was that I was taking back, but happy it was about to be mine.

I feel like this one should be an easy one for me to figure out online, but after browsing hundreds of Google photos for "houseplant", "houseplant tree", etc... I'm left without any answers. This seems like a common one, but I have no idea. Is it a ficus? A rubber tree relative?...

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Plantomaniac08
Nov 1, 2015 3:52 PM CST
Schefflera arboricola variegata

Yours just has less yellow variegation on it than others, which I believe occurs due to lower light situations.

Umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata')
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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
Nov 1, 2015 4:12 PM CST
[quote="Plantomaniac08"]Schefflera arboricola variegata

Yours just has less yellow variegation on it than others, which I believe occurs due to lower light situations.

Umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata')

Thank You! Hurray!


I suppose I should have known; I have a baby schefflera in a 4" (?) pot...

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I didn't know that's how big they get, though! Oh boy! ...unless my green one is a dwarf/compact cultivar of some sort?


Plantomaniac08
Nov 1, 2015 4:28 PM CST
Hilarious! It's okay.

You are onto something. There are two species of Schefflera most familiar to houseplant growers, S. arboricola being the dwarf variety.

This is the other, which has huge leaves compared to S. arboricola and gets much larger:
Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla)

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