The Brassaia is quite similar to Heptapleurum arboricola. However, unlike that species, which produces a relatively compact ‘tower’ of foliage, this plant has a far more open habit, requiring considerably more floor space. The plant creates a very bold and striking effect, especially when artificial light plays on the foliage. The Brassaia needs constant inspection for pests and diseases, as it is particularly prone to attack by aphid and red spider mite. Aphid soon severely damage and deform the young leaves, spoiling the balance of the plant. Red spider mites cause yellowing and cupping of the older foliage, resulting in premature leaf loss. This plant was formerly known by the latin name Schefflera actinophylla.

Plant type : Foliage plant with climbing habit
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 150-250cm (59-98in)
Flower : None indoors
Leaf : 7.5-25cm (3 —10in) long, 5-10cm (2-4in) wide, green leaflets, with around five on young leaves and seven to fifteen on mature plants
Temperature : 15-20°C (59-68°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation, out of direct sunlight
Humidity : Moderate
Watering : Evenly but barely moisten compost in spring and summer, allowing to dry a little between waterings; water just enough to prevent drying out in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to four weeks with houseplant fertilizer spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 7.5-10cm (3—4in) tip or stem cuttings in seed and cutting compost at 21 -24°C (70—75°F) in spring; sow seed at 20°C (68°F) at same time of year
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Aphid, red spider mite, mealy bug, root mealy bug, leaf loss from over-watering or temperature fluctuations
Availability : Commonly available throughout year
Uses indoors : Feature plant best displayed on floor in lounge, dining room, or office