This popped up in my Christmas X-Mas pot

jane__ny(9-10)October 31, 2013

I totally neglected my x-mas cactus and it was forgotten under a tree. Decided to repot it and found this huge plant growing in the same pot. It looks familiar, like a houseplant. Very aggressive and has taken over the pot and the poor cactus is just about gone.

Anyone recognize this?


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I'm sure I'm spelling it wrong, but it looks like a shiffirella - spelled phonetically, of course. ;0)

    Bookmark   October 31, 2013 at 5:46AM
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stuartwanda(N. Stuart)

Your right corar, for easy spelling I call it an umbrella tree!

    Bookmark   October 31, 2013 at 6:02AM
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Yeah, schefflera actinophylla, most likely. It will become a huge tree and is considered an invasive, although not a particularly evil one:

Here is a link that might be useful: schefflera actinophylla at UF

    Bookmark   October 31, 2013 at 8:49AM
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Where the heck did it come from? I don't have any on my property or even see them growing anywhere.


    Bookmark   October 31, 2013 at 8:58PM
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Birds and other critters spread the seeds.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2013 at 9:35PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Yes, that's how invasive plants escape gardens and invade the wild areas.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2013 at 10:04AM
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Crenda SWFL 10A

My advice is to get rid of it. Save your Christmas cactus.

I hate schefflera. It IS invasive here. The birds (or critters) planted one in the middle of my huge bird of paradise. It was well established before we noticed it. We had to dig up the bird and dig out the stump and roots. We used a come-along and truck to pull it out. On the up side, we gave away 8 birds to several people and all are doing well, including the mother plant.

Our landscaping was well established when we bought the house. I had a big bush-style shefflera at the side of our house - too close to the foundation and under a window. I decided it had to go. It was then that I realized that shefflera drop air roots and establish new trunks with its own root system. It was a jungle. To make matters worse, the horrendous root system was near and around my water pipes!

I spent a couple of weeks chopping off stems, pulling up roots and finally getting to the main plant - which had huge roots going under the foundation. This is the stump of the main plant. It is 3 feet tall. The roots ran all the way to the left edge of the picture.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 8:48AM
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