The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Araliaceae.

Dizygotheca elegantissima
Dizygotheca Genus of 17 species of evergreen trees or shrubs from New Caledonia and Polinesia. The leaves divided into finger-like serrated leaflets which are dark green or almost black. The plant can grow 6 ft or more. Dizygotheca
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average or above average warmth in summer. Keep fairy cool in winter - minimum temperature 60 F or 18 C. Bright light - avoid direct sunshine. Water freely from spring to autumn - sparingly in Winter. Use tepid water. Mist leaves frequently, especially in hot weather. Take stem cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom head.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

1st Sep 2006
My dyzegothca is thriving outside in a sheltered shady location in San Diego County. I water it twice a day in the summer and twice a week in winter. It has had no problem with temperatures below 40 F in the winter or over 100 F with low 20% humidity in the summer, it just keeps growing (over 5 feet now) and has kept all its leaves.
North Carolina
6th Dec 2010
I do not water my dizygotheca more than once a week unless the weather is exceptionally dry. In that case I water twice weekly. I keep the plant on my deck in indirect sunlight and it is thriving. It stays indoor during the winter, and I have never misted it. I consider these plants far hardier than what has been reported. It's a delightful plant and has become my favorite.
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