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Umbrella tree, also known as Schefflera, is an impressive green apparition with eye-catching leaves that look like a hand with too many fingers. Because it’s a climber, you will often buy it with a moss pole for support. However, there are also bush forms and Schlefferas that are cultivated on multiple (interwoven) trunks. If you have the skills, you can practice bonsai techniques on it. Umbrella tree is a strong and easy plant that can last for years.
Umbrella tree is a member of the Ivy (Araliaceae) family, a group of trees, bushes and lianas which are all woody. The plant originates from Australia and surrounding countries, but now grows around the world from the tropics to the warm temperate regions. There are some 150 known species. The plant is named after the Polish doctor and botanist Johann von Schleffer.
In China Umbrella tree is one of the most commonly used plants in Feng Shui, which is also known as acupuncture for your home. The leaf fingers capture positive energy and the plant is said to attract wealth for the residents. The way in which the fingers droop slightly from the stem is reminiscent of an umbrella, which gives it a protective effect.