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Schefflera digitata, also known as Pate or Seven Finger, is a unique and attractive evergreen tree native to New Zealand. 




  • Appearance: Schefflera digitata is a small to medium-sized tree that can reach heights of up to 5 metres. It is characterized by its palmate leaves, which consist of approximately seven leaflets radiating from a central point, resembling a hand. The glossy, deep green leaves are relatively large, ranging from 15 to 30 cenitmetres in length.
  • Flowers and Fruits: During spring, this tree produces small, greenish-yellow flowers that are followed by round, dark purple to black fruits. The flowers are not especially showy, but the fruits can add ornamental value.


Growing Conditions: 


  • Light: It thrives in full sun to partial shade. While it can adapt to various light conditions, providing ample sunlight tends to promote healthier growth and better foliage development.

  • Temperature: Schefflera digitata is adaptable to a range of temperatures but prefers mild climates. Protect it from severe frost and freezing temperatures, as it's not fully frost-tolerant.

  • Watering: Regular watering is necessary, especially during dry periods. However, it's crucial to ensure well-draining soil to prevent waterlogging, which can cause root rot. Once established, it can withstand some drought conditions.

  • Soil: Well-draining soil rich in organic matter is preferred. It can grow in various soil types but generally thrives in slightly acidic to neutral soil.

  • Maintenance: Pruning can be done to maintain its shape and remove dead or damaged branches. While it's relatively low-maintenance, regular upkeep helps ensure a healthy and attractive tree.




  • Ornamental Plant: Schefflera digitata is a popular choice for ornamental planting in gardens, parks, and landscapes, especially in coastal areas or regions with mild climates, due to its distinctive foliage and unique growth pattern.
  • Medicinal Uses: In traditional Maori medicine, parts of the Schefflera digitata tree were utilized for various medicinal purposes, such as treating wounds and skin ailments.
  • Ecological Importance: Its dense foliage provides shelter and potential food sources for birds and other wildlife, contributing to the ecosystem.


Schefflera digitata

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