umbrella tree

noun

Definition of 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 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, chicagotribune.com, "Go Green Northbrook, Park District partner to plant trees," 29 Sep. 2020 If so, how? – Marion County A: Thanks for your question about pruning a Schefflera or umbrella tree. oregonlive, "Is bacterial canker damaging this plum tree? Ask an expert," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of umbrella tree

circa 1790, in the meaning defined above

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“Umbrella tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/umbrella%20tree. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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