‘Amate’ is named after California nurseryman Archie Amate. The selected plant was placed into tissue culture where it has been produced in the lab for the past 20 years.
What makes ‘Amate’ different?Why do we at PDI use it in your interior landscape?
Here’s a quick list of the traits ‘Amate’ has over the regular Scheff.
1. Leaves which are:
Darker green
2. One of the best traits is ‘Amate’s resistance to mites. This doesn’t mean that the plant will not get mites … just much more resistant. It’s possible that the mites cannot penetrate the thick glossy leaves.
3. These indoor office plants are also grown a little differently. Three or four individual plants are planted in pots rather then 15-20 seedlings. This allows each plant to develop a larger more complete root system to support the plant for the long haul.
4. The growth of ‘Amate’ is very upright, symmetrical and uniform. Office Plants ranging in size from 8 – 14 inch keep many of their lower leaves providing a more “bush” like appearance. Larger plants will have more of a “tree-like” appearance. ‘Amate’ also holds leaves very well, even under low light interior conditions.
5. The plant doesn’t stretch like the regular Schefflera. You can place ‘Amate’ in areas which get morning sun, a northern exposure or even fluorescent lighting and still keep the plant looking good.

6. ‘Amate’ is not difficult to care for, but doesn’t like to have its feet kept wet. When watering make sure the soil is thoroughly watered and the excess is allowed to drain off. It’s best to keep the plant on the dry side as wet soil can cause root rot.
At Plantscape Designs Inc we position Schefflera Amates in your medium to high light environments within your indoor office plant design.