When to Prune Your Dwarf umbrella tree?

Dwarf umbrella tree
Schefflera arboricola
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A lot of new gardeners shy away from pruning the Dwarf umbrella tree because they’re afraid to cut too much. Luckily, Dwarf umbrella tree is generally considered to be among the easier and more forgiving plants to prune since regrowth appears quite quickly.

Although these perennials are relatively fast-growing, you only need to prune when you spot unsightly overgrowth or damaged leaves. In other words, if your Dwarf umbrella tree starts to look uneven or damaged, it may be a good time to prune.

If you want to control the size of Dwarf umbrella tree, you need to do a strong pruning in winter time, and you can prune to the shape you want.

If the shape is appropriate and only small-scale shaping is needed (pruning no more than 1/4 of the total size of the plant), it can be done in summer or autumn.

When Dwarf umbrella tree is growing, if there are yellowing leaves and diseased leaves, prune off the yellowing leaves at the bottom and the parts of the leaves that have spots due to disease infection, which can effectively reduce the infection. If the number of leaves with spots is relatively large, the number of pruned leaves should not exceed a quarter of the total to avoid affecting the growth of Dwarf umbrella tree.
Dwarf umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola)
Dwarf umbrella tree
A species of Schefflera, Also known as Miniature umbrella tree
Botanical name: Schefflera arboricola
Genus: Schefflera
Description
Dwarf umbrella tree ( Schefflera arboricola ) is an evergreen, multi-stemmed shrub native to China. It is commonly grown as a houseplant or a garden plant in milder climates for its decorative palmately compound leaves. The leaves contain calcium oxalates, which damage internal organs when ingested. It shouldn't be confused with the Australian umbrella tree, Schefflera actinophylla.
Garden Use
Plants in the genus Schefflera are small evergreen trees or shrubs. They make excellent indoor foliage plants. They are very strong, adaptable, easy to care for, and have a beautiful, graceful shape.
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