Is this a weed

Asked February 28, 2016, 4:49 PM EST

This plant appeared in my yard, stands about 2.5 feet tall, with circular clusters of leaves. I live in St Petersburg Fl. Any idea what it is? Im guessing a weed?

Pinellas County Florida

1 Response

Hi,
From your attached picture it looks like one of the Dwarf Schefflera shrubs, Schefflera arboricola. Most of America has this as a house plant but it grows in the landscape in Zones 9b-11. I'm attaching a link to a publication by UF. http://hort.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/scharba.pdf
See if you agree that you have a Schefflera/Umbrella Plant. A