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Foliage lovers revel in the large, glossy leaves of Schefflera (Brassaia actinophylla
). Native to Australia, this easily-grown tree is looked upon by many as a nuisance
because it sheds its lower leaves messily and its limbs are easily snapped in high
winds. No-one can deny, however, that the plant is a handsome addition to a large
garden or open parkland.
When mature, Schefflera sends out spectacular red inflorescences that brighten the
summer skyline. The trees grow to over 30 feet but can be kept pruned to a lower,
bushier profile. An unpruned tree demonstrates an almost cane-like growth.
Best seen as isolated individuals, Schefflera does best in full sun. It can grow in
partial shade but will not flower in full shade. It is moderately salt tolerant and
thrives in just about any soil.
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