Octopus tree by girlie

Octopus tree

This dwarf umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola) is native to Taiwan and is commonly called the Octopus Tree, for whatever reason. The berries are a startlingly bright orange colour and gradually turn purple as they ripen. This tree caught my eye today as I drove past; it was absolutely covered in these huge bunches of berries and they looked wonderful against the blue summer sky. No rain again today; yippee!
Beautiful. I have a dwarf schefflera, but no berries. Your plants are just very prolific as compared to ours. The berry color is so pretty.
December 31st, 2010  
Looks fantastic. We're also enjoying blue skies :)
December 31st, 2010  
Very good. Those colours against the sky are so complimentary, and so often there are Rainbow Lorikeets doing their best to make sure that the berries never reach maturity.
December 31st, 2010  
Amazing colors and such a profusion of berries! Wonderful shot, Robin. Happy you're seeing some brilliant blue sky!
December 31st, 2010  
Gorgeous colors. Nice shot.
December 31st, 2010  
Great splash against the blue. Really striking. Why an octopus tree?
December 31st, 2010  
Look at all those "legs". Another very cool plant, and look at that gorgeous sky behind it. Wow!!
December 31st, 2010  
great colors...wow....i keep on forgetting its summer there
December 31st, 2010  
Another fabulous shot!
December 31st, 2010  
gorgeous a beautiful colour with depth
December 31st, 2010  
Beautiful colors!
December 31st, 2010  
Beautiful against the blue sky! very nice pic
December 31st, 2010  
So that's what an octupus tree is! Stunning Robin.
December 31st, 2010  
Very nice. I love thispllant and haveone as well. It will have his fruits in June.
December 31st, 2010  
All the suckers on the tentacles :-)
December 31st, 2010  
Gorgeous, I love orange and whenever you capture something orange it really catches my eye. This tree is beautiful.
December 31st, 2010  
Wow, the color contrast is gorgeous.
December 31st, 2010  
Wow! Look at those beaut colours!
December 31st, 2010  
It is so difficult to imagine something like that here in the middle of snow but so lovely to let eyes to rest by looking those summer colours, thank you!
Happy New Year to you!
December 31st, 2010  
I, too, love the colors and shapes in this photo. Blue, blue and bright oranges and greens without he appealing shape are vey nice.
December 31st, 2010  
Lovely colors...makes me long for Spring with all these snow outside my window.
December 31st, 2010  
Absolutely beautiful the colours are marvellous. Happy new year .
December 31st, 2010  
Wow oh wow this is beautiful. Love the colors and blue sky.
December 31st, 2010  
How lovely Robin. Your garden must be a riot of colour now.. Happy New Year!
January 1st, 2011  
I have had umbrella trees here in Victoria but have never had flowers on them - this looks beautiful!
January 1st, 2011  
Those colours are astounding! Beautiful shot of this Robin.
January 1st, 2011  
Ain't this wonderful - the colors bring out a wonderful smile on your face! A wonderful composition of colours. Happy New Year Robin!
January 1st, 2011  
Great close-up. The blue sky is so wonderful against the brilliant orange. Wondering if you have birds that eat these. Also, from the photo it appears there are eight clusters of berries. Is that the pattern on the tree?
January 2nd, 2011  
Great name for a tree! beautiful warm colours. ;-)
January 3rd, 2011  
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