hardiest Schefflera

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hardiest Schefflera

Post by Mr List » Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:07 am

could you guys help me with a list of the hardiest Schefflera?

also to put it into an order with biggest leaves at the top

also might be nice if they are plants you have half a chance of actually obtaining.

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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by Rod » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:00 am

Mr List wrote:could you guys help me with a list of the hardiest Schefflera?

also to put it into an order with biggest leaves at the top

also might be nice if they are plants you have half a chance of actually obtaining.
Only know our native one ( Schefflera digitata ) - This is a temperate species of schefflera.
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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by Mr List » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:06 pm

web searches say this isnt hardy

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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by DiCasS » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:55 pm

Schefflera taiwaniana has got to be near the top of the list. Stem died here this last Winter but new growth near the base never died off and is growing well now.

Schefflera macrophylla isn't as hardy, reports at Crug to come through a minus 11 unprotected (I think it was written previous to the last two Winters), I have no idea if they still have it after this last Winter. Mine had extensive damage before it got to -11 (though eventually a shelter collapsed on it, killing it dead :roll: :shock: :lol: )

I'm sure there are one or two other varieties that have come through this Winter in other peoples gardens, but none I can comment on as I've never tried any of the others. I'd like to try a chapana this next year if funds allow and is available.

Most days I look on the Crocus site http://www.crocus.co.uk/GI earlier in the year they said they were having taiwaniana in late Summer/early Autumn if I remember rightly, but as yet, nothing. (right at the bottom of the page, last item)

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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by kata » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:37 pm

Strange this should come up,

I have recieved seeds of Schefflera actionophylla, it transpires so has Grub. :lol: :lol:

Anyway mine is suppsedly hardy to freezing but not lower than -3.

http://keys.trin.org.au:8080/key-server ... phylla.htm
Schefflera taiwaniana is certainly the most desireable of the three scheffleras commonly considered somewhat hardy ( S. delavayi, and S. digitata being the other two). S. delavyi is not so arborescent, and not so tropical in appearance, though it has an appeal all its own. Unfortunately, S. taiwaniana is one of those U.K. specials that simply isn't available here.
http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/v ... f=1&t=2817

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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by Mr List » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:41 pm

DiCasS wrote:Schefflera taiwaniana has got to be near the top of the list. Stem died here this last Winter but new growth near the base never died off and is growing well now.

Schefflera macrophylla isn't as hardy, reports at Crug to come through a minus 11 unprotected (I think it was written previous to the last two Winters), I have no idea if they still have it after this last Winter. Mine had extensive damage before it got to -11 (though eventually a shelter collapsed on it, killing it dead :roll: :shock: :lol: )

I'm sure there are one or two other varieties that have come through this Winter in other peoples gardens, but none I can comment on as I've never tried any of the others. I'd like to try a chapana this next year if funds allow and is available.

Most days I look on the Crocus site http://www.crocus.co.uk/GI earlier in the year they said they were having taiwaniana in late Summer/early Autumn if I remember rightly, but as yet, nothing. (right at the bottom of the page, last item)

Di

can you put up some pictures of your Schefflera taiwaniana ?
also Schefflera alpina is suppsoed to be fairly tough but i can't find any good pictures of what they look like.

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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by DiCasS » Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:01 pm

The alpina says hardy to -15 so a good contender too icon_cheers

I'll take some shots tomorrow Ken and pop them on then.

The link regarding the taiwaniana Kata, I think still stands three years on and after our bad Winters. I think all Scheffies are looooovely.

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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by redsquirrel » Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:09 pm

i agree Di but smaller ones are unpredictable,i lost 2 digitata in the polytunnel,not trying again.my taiwainiana however withstood last winter unprotected without any damage BUT was under the canopy of a large Trachycarpus.2 nights of -10 would have still whistled round it not to mention that fortnight below zero. will try and find a pic.its in flower now,5 spikes,have to try and overwinter somewhere frost free as the wasps are loving it,hopefully doing the bizzo tickling the naughty bits
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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by DiCasS » Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:23 pm

Never tried the digitata Darren, would that be the same one from PGP unnamed??? Mines still in it's pot and going to be put out of frost reach this Winter.

Taiwaniana never got to flowering size for me before it was cut back :( but depending on the weather will give it the protection it deserves. Love to see a pic of yours in flower, was a beauty to start with icon_thumleft

Oh, my small macrophylla has done well, just growing it's third leaf since I've had it icon_cheers That one's not going to be sniffing the frost either :lol:

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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by redsquirrel » Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:35 pm

pgp one is rhodendrifolia or something like that Di. icon_thumright icon_thumright
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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by grub » Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:45 pm

I've killed Taiwaniana and Delaveyi here, trying to kill the unnamed one this winter :lol: (Schefflera Rhododendrifolia)
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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by Andy Martin » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:49 pm

Last winter killed my seven foot Schefflera Alpinia, Kournasii and severely cut back Schefflera Taiwaniana all supposedly hardy Scheffleras. My min was only -12C but I believe the extended freeze was the main culprit. The only Schefflera to survive intact was Chapana. Most of the other Crug Scheffleras were killed in the 09/10.
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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by redsquirrel » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:11 pm

grub wrote:I've killed Taiwaniana and Delaveyi here, trying to kill the unnamed one this winter :lol:
im with you on this one,nowhere to overwinter so i wanged it in the ground. not overly impressed with growth but its early doors yet
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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by GREVILLE » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:35 pm

I can only speak for my Schefflera digitata which I've had for 20 years and came through the last two winters unprotected with minor defoliation.

The plant was grown from seed collected from high ground near Dunedin, South Island NZ. I imagine it will take a lot more cold to cut back the branches but in my sheltered site for it the lowest I've ever experienced is -6c.

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Re: hardiest Schefflera

Post by Mr List » Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:30 am

looking to be a risky try no matter what you go for.

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