Green arboricola - or "dwarf schefflera," as it's often called - has a lush tropical look, yet this hardy shrub only requires a minimum amount of care. These shrubs grow in a mounded shape and make wonderful accent plants, privacy plants or hedges.
This is an evergreen, cold-hardy shrub, thriving in both Zone 9B and Zone 10. It takes any kind of light, which makes it a versatile landscape plant.
Add a combination of composted cow manure and top soil (or organic peat humus) to the hole when you plant.
Branch trimming - rather than cutting across leaves - looks best, though these shrubs can be kept more manicured with hedge trimmers.
Branches are fleshy and easy to cut even on older plants. Trim as needed for shape, and in spring (late March through early April) you can do a harder pruning for size.
Water regularly but give the plant enough time to dry out between waterings. These shrubs don't like wet locations and are considered drought-tolerant once they're established...though a regular, well-timed watering keeps them looking full and lush.
Fertilize 3 times a year - spring, summer and fall - with a quality granular fertilizer.
Info credit: south-florida-plant-guide.com
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