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Plant info Queensland Umbrella Tree

umbrella tree black cone mediumBOTANICAL NAME: Brassaia actinophylla

COMMON NAME: Queensland Umbrella Tree

DESCRIPTION: Tree like. Can be single trunk or multi-planted with umbrella like arrangements of leaves, mid green, successively larger as plant matures with glossy, polished appearance.

LIGHT/POSITION: Medium to high light in warm position, however fairly tolerant of most situations.

WATERING: Uniformly moist to drier in lower light but never wet – should not sit in water.  Sheds leaves when overwatered.

CLEANING: Spray and wipe leaves regularly with an occasional use of oil on older leaves to maintain “glossy” look.

FERTILISING: Diluted liquid fertiliser if plant is in one position for a long period.

PRUNING: Generally not necessary but can be tip pruned (at growth tip) while young to encourage branching.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Schefflera actinophylla “Amate” is less affected by red spidermite. Leaves are slightly longer and tend to droop with denser foliage.

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