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By Rex of SB

Can anyone identify this tree?  It’s very pretty.  It has clusters of leaves and looks kind of tropical.  I don’t think I’ve seen another tree quite like this one.  It’s in front of The Habit on S. Milpas Street and the picture was taken from The Habit patio.

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ladylagomorph Jul 06, 2020 06:08 PM
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I've always heard them called umbrella tree. They get pretty big. That one needs watering. I looked on Google, and it sure looks the same.

REX OF SB Jul 06, 2020 09:12 PM
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Yes, PATRICK and LADYLAGOMORPH! I just googled “Australian umbrella tree” and that’s definitely what it is. Thank you! As I say, I don’t recall ever seeing another one anywhere. I wish I had room to plant one, but I just don’t. At least I now know what it is, and if I happen to be driving past it on Milpas Street with a carload of out-of-town visitors, I can dazzle them with my horticultural knowledge by saying, “oh, look, there’s a schefflera, or Australian umbrella tree.” God, I wish I had room for one.

patrick Jul 06, 2020 06:30 PM
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I think it is a type of schefflera, possibly actinophylla, aka Star Leaf or Australian Umbrella Tree (but I might be wrong: I used the Picture This iPhone app).

a-1594102695 Jul 06, 2020 11:18 PM
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REX. There's a Dragon tree (Dracaena draco) for sale on Craigslist-----only $100 (I bet the seller would take less). Much more exotic/cool tree than this one. Gets more splendid-looking as it ages (look online at older trees). However, also gets BIG. https://santabarbara.craigslist.org/grd/d/santa-barbara-dracaena-draco/7148287919.html

REX OF SB Jul 06, 2020 11:45 PM
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Thanks! The only problem is that I have no room to plant one. I've already got a peach, an almond, an avocado, two palms and a datura, and there's just no room for anything else. I'd get one for my son in San Francisco, but I don't think the climate would be right for it.

twobits Jul 07, 2020 12:03 AM
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https://www.evergreennursery.com/tupidanthus-calyptratus

a-1594132204 Jul 07, 2020 07:30 AM
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If it's an umbrella tree, I grew up in Hemet with umbrella trees in the elementary school yard. They had some sort of very messy pod or fruit, as I recall. Waxy and squishy.

Pacific Soul Jul 07, 2020 07:35 AM
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TWOBITS is correct with tupidanthus-calyptratus. Easy to grow here and there are quit a few around.

Abellom Jul 07, 2020 10:12 AM
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It flowers! https://kens-nursery.com/product/xl-hawaiian-umbrella-tree-schefflera-actinophylla/

JB86 Jul 07, 2020 04:54 PM
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We called it a Tupidanthus and had one for over 20 years in Goleta. Did great until a bad frost ruined it, and it never achieved good form again.

a-1594229777 Jul 08, 2020 10:36 AM
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Those scheffleras are abundant downtown

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