Heptapleurum actinophyllum, previously known as Schefflera actinophylla, is a decorative leafy plant. Its main external feature is palmately dissected leaves. One leaf can have 7 or more "fingers".
Heptapleurum belongs to the Araliaceae family of primarily woody and some herbaceous plants. It grows as a tree or a shrub with the ability to curl. Schefflera trees can reach a height of 16 ft (5 m) in the wild. Indoor specimens are no taller than 7 ft (2 m).
Heptapleurum leaves resemble an open palm. The Umbrella plant is evergreen, maintaining its attractive appearance regardless of the season. Leaves are intricate. The umbrella has 5-8 leaflets when it is young. Their number grows to 16 as the tree gets older.
Schefflera blooms more frequently in natural growing conditions in the wild. Sometimes it can bloom indoors, although it is an unusual occurrence. You can use a well-trimmed dwarf Umbrella tree for bonsai.
An important fact is that Schefflera is toxic to humans and animals if ingested. Be careful if you have a curious pet at home!