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First home score/ ID

Postby Mbunro » May 26th, 2017, 10:39 am

Hi can anyone confirm the ID of this tree. Im thinking some kind of umbrella tree but unsure of which one as it has these almonst pine looking candles (pictured) that i havent seen in any photos online.
Took ownership of my first home yesterday and found this bad boy amongst the overgrown trees on the fence line, and to my surprise this ones already potted. havent tried moving it yet but its on concrete so im hoping the roots are contained and not growing out of the pot into the ground.

Base is probably 50-70cm across at the base and tapers to about 10-15cm across just above where the branches start spreading . Soil line is probably only halfway up the pot and i reckon its been in there since the 70s.

Also does anyone have any advice on what to do with this one from here? im thinking of cutting it back hard this afternoon to get some better photos and to get a proper look inside the pot but have no experience with this species.

Couple more bits of gold in the gardens too, including a cool knobbly based olive, and a gnarly rosemary with an awesome trunk and deadwood that i would estimate at over 20 years old,
but they are for another day
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Re: First home score/ ID

Postby KIRKY » May 26th, 2017, 11:30 am

Looks like a Schefflera actinophylla.
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Re: First home score/ ID

Postby Mbunro » May 26th, 2017, 11:42 am

thanks for the suggestion kirky. but im more leaning towards arboricola though as the max leaf size on this plant would be about 100mm and with how long it seems to have been growing unchecked i would assume they would be larger if it was actinophylla, but this could be down to th restriction of the root mass.

Have you had any experience with any of the Scheffleras? do you know how hard i could cut back at this time of year? its really starting to get cold in the mornings around here
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Re: First home score/ ID

Postby melbrackstone » May 26th, 2017, 2:51 pm

They're pretty forgiving when being root-pruned, from my experience, however I'd be waiting for warm weather before trying to do that. The plant will also appreciate a good pruning too, but if you're in an area that may get frost over winter it's probably also a good idea to wait, since any new growth will be tender.

I've got three different varieties of umbrella tree, and I agree it looks very much like arboricola. The "candles" appear to be the flower buds.
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Re: First home score/ ID

Postby Mbunro » June 8th, 2017, 1:58 pm

Missed this reply.. thanks for that Mel. Iv just taken off about a wheelbarrows worth of the longer branches just to lighten it up to try get the pot moving...
Although it's on a concrete slab there's a 50mm thick matting of roots that's spreads about 1 metre around the pot so it's pretty stuck in place for the minute. So getting the pot seperated from the ground is all Il look at getting accomplished before spring comes back around.
And maybe juat a little bit more lite pruning on top

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Re: First home score/ ID

Postby Mbunro » June 18th, 2017, 2:35 pm

Managed to move the pot today.. hope it survives, as I'm looking forward to this one.ImageImage

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Re: First home score/ ID

Postby melbrackstone » June 18th, 2017, 5:31 pm

Crikey, that's a monster! Reckon it'll be fine as long as it's in a warm spot over winter.
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Re: First home score/ ID

Postby Mbunro » June 19th, 2017, 9:22 am

i ended up pulling up about 15-20 metres worth of roots about the thickness of my wrist from the garden bed behind. so now im not sure if there is actually going to be a single root inside the pot to keep it alive.
Im wondering if filling up the pot with some new soil and maybe trimming off some more branches for balance may be beneficial.
But yeah fingers crossed it makes it to spring.
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Re: First home score/ ID

Postby NAHamilton » June 19th, 2017, 9:49 am

I reckon it'll be fine, they are a pretty hardy tree. About a month ago my neighbour threw one over the fence top me that he'd cut out of some pots. No soil, minimal roots and no leaves. I potted it up about a week later and it's throwing new shoots.

Have you seen this website? http://www.fukubonsai.com/ He does a lot of work with Schefflera.

That's a nice looking base on yours. I like the tropical effect you can create with these.

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Re: First home score/ ID

Postby Mbunro » June 19th, 2017, 10:48 am

Cool thanks for the link Nigel, makes me a bit more confident.. il have to have a proper read when i get a few spare hours though...
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