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Light: bright, indirect

Height: 2-6 feet

Spread: 2-3 feet

Hardiness: Zones 11-12

Origin: Asia

There is a new umbrella tree in town, and its name is Alpine.

This plant has dark-green, glossy foliage, with individual leaves that are 4 to 6 inches long. New foliage emerges with a hint of red and ages to dark green.

Unlike other umbrella trees belonging to the Schefflera species — which grow upright and round and can take over a home — the Alpine variety grows upright. Like other Scheffleras, Alpine is a hard-working indoor air purifier.

Tucked into a corner, even in low-light situations, it will happily grow. It prefers soil that is watered thoroughly and left to dry; its foliage should be misted weekly. In the spring, it will benefit from a shot of slow-release fertilizer.

This plant can go outside on a shady porch for the summer but must be brought inside in the early fall, or before the temperature drops below 55 degrees.