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A few years ago Ewen Brown gave me some Schefflera taiwanaiana cuttings off his multiple stemmed plant some of you may remember me being lucky enough to get them rooted in a vase of water.
I have 3 growing around the garden some I gave away to others here is an update of one of my plants.

This is just under 8ft tall with 3 heads thankfully the temp of just +0.1c last night has not damaged the new growth unlike my largest Schefflera (see below) which looks burnt.

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This has not flowered as yet but the main head looks like its split into 3

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The below picture is my tallest and I think all the new growth is damaged :(

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Please feel free to post your Schefflera pics on this thread......what are they up too?


Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:57 pm
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My kornasii lost its buds in the cold this winter - there are signs of life from the topmost leaf axils so hopefully will make a full recovery.

S. taiwaniana had a lovely flush progressing until a couple of days ago - indirectly a result of the frost. I had the patio umbrella out ready to put pots under for the night - came back from a bike ride to find it horizontal across the garden, Scheff somewhere underneath. The new growth wa snapped off and a couple of leaves lost, but mercifully the old wood seems fine. Shame as I was hoping it would start putting some height on, but presume I'll lose most of the season's growth whilst it forms side shoots :(


Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:24 pm
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Ouch Alex not a good start to the growing year just had a wander round mine tonight and found a small branch had broken off a large pine tree....you guessed it it fell and broke the flowers off on my first time flowering Calanthe :evil:


Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:44 pm
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Hi Kev... All of my Schefflera appear to have survived the recent frost here. I took precaution by fleecing some that had new growth. But those not fleeced appear ok too. I have damage on some plants though particularly Daphniphyllum pentandrum. and Fatsia japonica.
I have made the decision to plant all mine out as i kept losing these wonderful plants in pots. They all have had Rootgrow treatment as well
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Probably the hardiest Schefflera for me is Pauciflora and flowers every year

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Where is Ewen now? I still remember his first pic of Schefflera lenticiliata after frost at -2C which absolutely destroyed the plant. Crug doesn't sell this subtropical plant anymore. I still have mine... in a pot :roll:

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Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:22 am
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Andy looks like I was colder for once S.macrophylla all leaves damaged as on all Fatsia except Annelise dont ask about Trochodendrom...spelling... :cry:

Ewen now lives in London I am guessing a smaller garden may have curbed his enthusiasm.
Daphniphyllum here is only 6 inch tall and survived in amongst the ferns.
Good luck with your plantings you maybe pleasently surprised as I have found occasionally over the years.
I have find Schefflera like to be dry in winter all my best growers are in dry area's


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I am not really a fan of these plants but has anyone ever tried the variegated Schefflera arboricola outside? The reason I ask is that I had a huge plant in my conservatory in a massive ball shaped pot. I broke the pot trying to get it out to repot it and in anger dumped the Schefflera outside last spring without a pot, roots exposed. It went a whole year outside and was sprouting, including from the base. So impressed was I that this "houseplant" had not only survived but also put on new growth that I decided to plant it out. It has promptly dropped all of its leaves and looks dead - seemingly killed by my kindness. Just makes me wonder if these supposedly tender plants are hardier than thought???


Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:31 pm
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Martin, I have the dead base of the plain green species in the garden still. It came through a couple of recent mild winters but not this past one. At least, not yet - there is a possibility it will sprout but I am not hopeful.

An interestng one is Schefflera pueckleri (syn Tupidanthus calyptratus) which is pretty much identical to S. actinophylla and very impressive when it gets going. That is a teeny bit hardier than arboricola but I found not quite hardy enough to be viable here. Difficult to get now, too.

My best one - seems to tolerate drought all year - is S. delavayi. Pic from last year:

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Schefflera taiwanaiana looks like a nice variety Kev - never see it for Sale in Tasmania

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Nice specimens. Keep the photos coming.

My S. delavayi is starting to flush.
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Schefflera rhododendrifolia


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Schefflera enneaphylla above Edward Needham's Fatsia polycarpa


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Schefflera enneaphylla


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Edward Needham's Fatsia polycarpa


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Schefflera macrophylla [honest - high up and almost obscured!]



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Schefflera macrophylla

The closest we came to a frost this winter was last week. Thankfully although mild, the spring has been overcast and cool so plants have put out less delicate growth so far. Just round the corner from me in the village Fatsia japonica has had new growth scorched.

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Nice shots guys the size of leaf on yours Paul is very impressive with no water either.

Nice one Tim looks like you are going for a triple header I assume your tempretures have stepped up a notch now?

Nice to see you still have the Schefflera bug Chad some lovely specimens Schefflera rhododendrifolia seems to be one of the hardiest round these parts.

Today I cut all the new growth off my Scheff mac all the leaves were crispy crunchy as were T.rex, Fatsia japonica "Spiders Web", Fatsia japonica, whereas F.annelise at the same growth rate was unaffected, Trochodendron arraloides.....hate late spring frosts :evil:


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Chad, awesome collection, keep the photos coming.

Kev, temperatures are ramping up fast now. Average High temp is now 63F (17.2C) and Low is 43F (6.1C). Sorry to hear about your frost damage........our 10 day forecast predicts no frost. 8)


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Schefflera rhododendrifolia may be the hardiest, but it is one of the least elegant!

I think the 'best' of the bunch on a domestic garden scale is Schefflera taiwaniana, particularly in the form Edward Needham introduced.

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Schefflera taiwaniana [with Pseudopanax laetus in front - at least I think it is a Pseudopanax again - it was Neopanax for a while].
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Schefflera taiwaniana 'Edward Needham' [or 'gracilis' - but I think that name isn't 'allowed'].

Personally I like Schefflera enneaphylla better, but it is looking like it is going to get huge. Crug are out of stock, but mine has berried for several years and Mark Fillan has some seedlings in production.

Aesthetically I would cut it back; but then it wouldn't berry for a few years.

The S.macrophylla will have to be dismantled in the summer; it is going to be pushing against the plastic. Trials of leafless stem cuttings will then follow!

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Great to see that Schefflera doing so well Kev, good effort. I managed to get hold of another similar branched specimen to add to my very modest London garden which now stands at about 8ft - didn't flinch at the mild London winters and has even started new growth at the stem.

I have two Schefflera fantsipanensis heading skywards, both flowering at the end of last year and now showing significant multi stem growth - shame they look so sad when new growth appears and last years growth withers, not a good look when gardening in a space the size of a shoebox.

Enthusiasm still very much there - especially with a move on the horizon and hopefully some decent garden space......

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Those are some great Schefflera. None are sold here. Same for the almost tree S.impressa in the John and Melissa tour.


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