Philodendron selloum

lace tree philodendron
Prime tropical foliage shrub. Drought-tolerant in shade once well established. Loves pots. Place at base of wall to encourage climbing by clinging roots.
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height 4–10
width 6–10ft
tolerates Heat, Pots
Philodendrons are more tolerant of drought than their tropical appearance would suggest. Once they’re established, they can even survive in a shady spot without additional water, though the leaves will be fewer and smaller, giving them a little crown instead of a big lush crown. To keep them looking their best, give them water every week or two once established, or more if they are inland or in some sun.

Drooping leaves or a small crown with dwarfed leaves are signs of underwatering.
exposure Part Sun – Part Shade
drainage In Ground: Planting Mix, In Pots: Potting Soil
fertilizing All Purpose
origin South America
9, 12–24

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

Philodendron leaves will cleanly shed fron the trunk once they are no longer of use to the plant, leaving a textured trunk reminiscent of octopus suction cups.
Many philodendrons have aerial roots that help them attach to structures in nature, and they add an interesting element to the plant, but they can also be removed without disturbing the plant in the least. If you want, you can lean the plant against a plank, tree or wall and watch it attach itself.
Generally philodendrons are thought of as shade plants, but they can also tolerate a surprising amount of direct sunlight, especially if they are near the coast.

Special Interest

Purportedly the roots of philodendron can travel up to sixty feet away from the plant! This may explain why they are more drought tolerant than they look. If you have other water nearby, it’s likely your philodendron will find it.

Philodendrons are excellent dry-stack rock wall candidates, where their aerial roots meander in the rock cracks, holding up the wall and adding interest.