umbrella tree


: any of various trees or shrubs resembling an umbrella especially in the arrangement of leaves or the shape of the crown
especially : a widely cultivated schefflera (Schefflera actinophylla synonym Brassaia actinophylla) of Australia and New Guinea having leaflets radiating from an elongate petiole

Examples of umbrella tree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Bloomscape, the umbrella tree (aka Schefflera Amate) prefers bright indirect light and warmer temperatures. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, 22 June 2023 Also called umbrella tree, this easy-to-grow houseplant has glossy foliage with leaflets that radiate out from a central point, just like an umbrella's ribs. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2023 Tree species brought to the site by the Chicago Region Trees Initiative included American hornbeam, American plum, hackberry, shagbark hickory, chinkapin oak, shingle oak, wahoo and umbrella tree magnolia, according to officials. Kaitlin Edquist,, 29 Sep. 2020 If so, how? – Marion County A: Thanks for your question about pruning a Schefflera or umbrella tree. oregonlive, 20 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of umbrella tree was circa 1790

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“Umbrella tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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