Who would have thought this fantastic tropical-looking evergreen would be hardy here and yet it is. It 's weathered the worst of the winters from Vancouver BC to Portland with nary a whimper. In Fine Gardening, we said this was like having a shirtless d'Angelo serving drinks at your garden party. This plant is hot!
A Steve Hootman collection of this surprisingly hardy species which has cranked along happily outside here in the PNW since the late 90's and a fine 18' specimen can be seen growing happily at the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden in their woodland. A rare species that is not widely offered, this is certainly good to the low teens.
A collection by Josh McCullough from northern Vietnam of this smaller and graceful species. Unlike many of the other species, this flowers very young with open panicles of small white flowers clustered in balls which turn into attractive black fruit. This has proven hardy in zone 8 and is good for the smaller garden.
A Schefflera of smaller stature with a need to please. This flowers when quite young with spherical clusters of creamy-white flowers followed by even showier balls of black fruit. Self-fertile, this handles the reproductive function nicely on its own which is all the rage in this era of the pandemic. A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering. Nice gallon size.
A precocious species which can flower the first year from seed with spherical clusters of dusky cream florets. The flowers, while quietly attractive, are eclipsed by the showy fruit congregated in impressive large black balls which many find quite favorable. This was found growing epiphytically on a large fallen log spanning a streamlet and is a good choice for smaller gardens.
This is a collection from Lao Cai, Above Silver Waterfall, Vietnam 2150 meters just in case you are in the neighborhood and want to check out the original plant. This is a reasonably narrow shrub which flowers very young with small pale pom-poms of clustered tiny flowers which are followed by black fruit.
This smaller Schefflera is a very ornamental species from our collection northern Vietnam from a mountain previously unexplored by westerners. Loose panicles of presumed creamy flowers and black fruit. Similar but different to Schefflera sp. NV 023. Pretty cool!
A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering. A bold plant of 12' forming part of the species-dense broad-leaf forest margins on the incredibly steep slopes of a mountain previously not visited by westerners to our knowledge. It was a long day's climb which ended in the dark with rain and wind on a bare ridge hoping the tent didn't blow away with us in it. Fortunately, after 20+ miles and 5800' feet elevation gain, sleep came easy! Broad leaves with up to 14 leaflets held on petioles touched in red. Cream flowers and black fruit on dendritic panicles. Proceeds from this goes to the FRBC.
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