If you're looking for a pretty, easy-to-grow, mid-size shrub, this is it. Plant it anywhere - full sun to full shade - and it will thrive. Forget to water it - it will forgive you. One of the benefits of using this plant is that if you trim back any branches, the plant doesn't have to grow out of the trim to look good. The umbrella-like leaflets generally cover up any cut points so the plant always looks good.
Green arboricola - or "dwarf schefflera," as it's often called - has a lush tropical look, yet this hardy shrub only requires a minimum amount of care.