False Aralia – Schefflera elegantissima (Dizygotheca elegantissima)

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False Aralia – Schefflera elegantissima (Dizygotheca elegantissima)

Common Name: False Aralia

Botanical Name: Schefflera elegantissima (Dizygotheca elegantissima), Schef-LER-a or di-zi-go-THEE-ca el-e-gan-TIS-i-ma

Decorative Life: Many months to years.

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Harvest Instructions:

Of the pesticides tested, none caused any damage when applied just before harvest and shipping. Under Florida growing conditions, about 50% shade seems to produce the best plants as measured in postharvest performance.

Family Roots:
  • Member of the Araliaceae (aralia or ginseng family).
  • Native to New Caledonia and Polynesia.
  • Relatives include aralia, ginseng, English ivy and Fatsia.
Personality:
  • Classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Leaves are finely divided into many linear segments up to 4 inches long, usually with bronze or purple coloration.
Storage Specifics:

Chill sensitive, store above 55 degrees F.

Tidbits:
  • Plants of this species are sometimes sold as Aralia laciniata.
  • This is one of the better larger growing indoor plants.
  • Named after J. G. Scheffler (1722-1811), a physician in Danzig.
  • Will grow reasonably well in light sufficiently bright in which to read.
Recent Research Findings:

Poole and Conover (1993) stored this species at 36-46F from 1-4 days and subsequently noted no damage.