Schefflera arbicola 'Gold Capella', or Variegated Hawaiian Elf Schefflera, is a cultivar of Schefflera arbicola with very attractive foliage. The foliage is shiny green with golden yellow variegation. Leaves are palmately compound with 7-9 leaflets. Plants may reach a height of 10 feet (3 m) in height with an equal spread. They make an outstanding plant for the home environment.
Blooming: In nature they bloom in late winter to early spring. In containers they rarely bloom.
Culture: Schefflera arbicola 'Gold Capella' need partial shade to high interior lighting with a rich well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. They do best with regular watering but can withstand periods of drought fairly well. We fertilize them on a monthly basis during the spring and summer months with a balanced fertilizer. During the winter month the plants are grown more to the dry side and are not fertilized. If re potting is needed then it should be done in late winter before new growth starts.
Propagation: Schefflera arbicola 'Gold Capella' is propagated by stem cuttings and air layering.
Schefflera arbicola 'Gold Capella' was featured as Plant of the Week May 5-11, 2006.
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