Plant ID forum: Mystery houseplant (well...tree?)

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datplant
Sep 17, 2016 2:15 PM CST
Hey guys! My neighbor was moving and I snapped up this great tree, but I'm not sure what it is (she had no clue). I'd like to know so I know how to take care of it.

It's about 4.5 ft tall, and I live in Iowa if either of those things help!

Also (if anyone DOES know anything about this kind of plant) some of the leaves are browning on the ends. Should I leave them? Trim them?

I want to encourage it to grow up instead of out if possible :)

Thanks!
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woofie
Sep 17, 2016 3:45 PM CST
Looks a bit like a schefflera of some sort. But I could be wrong. It also looks thirsty. Have you checked the soil to see if it's dry?
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purpleinopp
Sep 17, 2016 3:48 PM CST
Yes, looks like it might be the bigger one, S. actinophylla (vs. S. arboricola.) More light = more upright.
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datplant
Sep 17, 2016 4:13 PM CST
woofie said:Looks a bit like a schefflera of some sort. But I could be wrong. It also looks thirsty. Have you checked the soil to see if it's dry?


Yeah! I watered it right when I got it home. I think she had a tendency to forget about it, hence the droopy-ness.

Thanks for the ID guys! I think you're probably right.

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