BOTANICAL 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.