[Schefflera Amate] The Umbrella Tree [Schefflera amate] is a fabulous houseplant; low maintenance, air purifying and looks so wispy and wonderful with large glossy leaves that resemble a hand with the fingers spread out. This is not a narrow plant so make sure you have the right space for it! A favourite of ours here at PPHQ.
The Umbrella Tree [Schefflera amate] is a fabulous houseplant; low maintenance, air purifying and looks so wispy and wonderful with large glossy leaves that resemble a hand with the fingers spread out. This variety was cultivated from the Schefflera actinophylla which stems from Australia / Oceania. This is not a narrow plant so make sure you have the space for it!
Native to Taiwan.
Positioning + Light Needs
Loves bright, indirect light but will tolerate moderate shade. Avoid direct sunlight.
Water when the top soil becomes slightly dry and allow to drain freely; they like to be moist but not wet, so don't leave them sitting in water. Reduce watering in the Winter.
Average humidity levels indoors are usually fine. When the warmer months arrive or if the air is dry in the room from central heating, improve humidity levels with some regular weekly misting.
Feed me monthly every Spring and Summer with diluted liquid fertiliser.
Re-pot once every two years approximately, early Spring.
Child / Pet Friendly
No sorry, I'm considered mildly toxic.
Yes, that's me!
Look out for
Yellow and dropping leaves: An umbrella plant will naturally lose its lower leaves to encourage new growth. If it's losing a lot of upper leaves it could be any one of many conditions causing the problem, such as: over-watering (most common), under-watering, too much heat, sudden temperature drops or lack of light. You will need to go through a process of elimination.
Leaves, stems turning brown (rare): The most likely cause of the problem is over-watering, if the leaves or stems are soft. Check the roots to see if any root rot as set in and take remedial action. The tree will need all affected leaves, stalks and roots sections removed before re-potting to try and save the plant from dying.
Pests: Spider mite are a common threat to this plant and become more present in dry air conditions. Check for spider webbing under leaves at times and take remedial action straight away if needed.
Our size guide applies to both plants and planters.
The diameter range for each is based on the following:
Plants: the total nursery pot diameter (exterior measurement)
Planters: the opening diameter (interior measurement)
Plants: The stated height for any given plant is from the ground up, so will always include the nursery pot.
Plant & Planter Fit: To find a planter for your chosen plant, start with the corresponding size category, e.g. plant size S - go to Small (S) planters.
Example 1: your chosen plant size states M | 60 | 21. This is a Medium size (M) with a height of 60cm and a nursery pot diameter of 21cm.
Go to Planters size category: Medium [21 - 29cm].
You will need a minimum planter opening diameter size of 22cm.
Example 2: your chosen plant has a nursery pot diameter of 29cm. Though this falls within our Medium range (21-29cm), you will need to look at 30cm + planters - taking you into the Large Planters category [30 - 39cm].
- We deliver ourselves (no couriers) to London / M25 zone only
- We deliver 7 days a week, including weekends!
- We don't offer next day delivery (you may be lucky though!)
- Just have to have it? If it's a planter OR a large order you especially want and you're outside the M25 boundary, it never hurts to ask!
- Before you submit an order, please consider your building access!
Orders over £50.00: FREE
Orders under £50.00: £6.50
We deliver 7 days a week. Yay!
Delivery lead time: up to 7 working days. *Date availability based on order volume / schedule. We will contact you prior to delivery to check on date / time.
Our delivery team will not ask you to sign for deliveries and will maintain social distancing. We'll look to place smaller orders on your doorstep for you to take indoors. For larger plants that need to be brought inside, we'll be happy to help subject to our building access assessment.
See full Delivery Notes here
PLANTS: We have a 14 day return policy, which means you have 14 days after receiving your plant(s) to request a return.
NON PLANT ITEMS: We have a 30 day return policy, which means you have 30 days after receiving your item(s) to request a return, provided it’s unused with original packaging and in a re-saleable condition.
We love our plants and we want you to be nothing short of delighted with your purchase.
We're with the plants from arrival with us to you, giving them the care and attention they need; so we're confident nothing will come to you sub standard.
If however you’re unhappy with your plant purchase for any reason, contact us within 14 days with your order number for a refund or exchange, provided you’ve been following our care instructions.
See refer to our full Returns Policy here