Light: bright, indirect
Height: 2-6 feet
Spread: 2-3 feet
Hardiness: Zones 11-12
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.