The Arboricola commonly grown as a houseplant, and used in interiorscaping. It is popular for its tolerance of neglect and poor growing conditions. It is also grown as a landscape plant in milder climates where frosts are not severe. Numerous cultivars have been selected for variations in leaf colour and pattern. The Arboricola can range from a solid green color to a variegated variety with creamy-white to yellow edges or centres, as well as dwarf forms. The cultivar ‘Gold Capella’ has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

The umbrella plant lends itself easily to the bonsai form and is popular as an indoor bonsai.

The plant prefers higher light if possible, but can adapt to a wide variety of light levels. As a tropical plant it likes moisture, but avoid letting the plant sit in water after you water it. It likes to be moist but not wet.

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