Schefflera elegantissima - Aralia elegantissma
This tropical plant plant can be quite confusing regarding name, it is aka Plerandra elegantissma, Dizygotheca elegantissima and False Aralia.
Native to New Caledonia this evergreen shrub can grow into a very large shrub / tree, in more temperate zones they can reach 2-3 metres. They do grow reasonably slowly and so make an very interesting house plant in temperate zones where it remains much more compact.
Schefflera elegantissima have beautifully textured foliage, with deeply serrated leaflets and stripey stems, leaves can develop coppery red tones and they broaden somewhat as the tree matures.
The light feathery texture of the plant brings a lightness to spaces and these plants nest very nicely amongst other house plants with their openness and texture.
Growing Aralia elegantissma
False Aralia likes reasonably bright light but not direct sun, moist soil and good drainage. They do need at least moderate humidity to keep them looking good and so regular misting is recommended in airconditioned environments, or they should do well in a warm bright position in a bathroom. They do not like cold weather and need at least 13-15C to thrive. Larger plants will reward you in autumn with clusters of pale green flowers followed by a black fruit.
This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Plants Available: Beautiful young plants with multiple stems in fabulous health - approx 25-30cm tall (see pic)