Philodendron selloum

Split-leaf Philodendron
Split-leaf Philodendron
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Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

6-10′ x 6-10′


Full Sun, partial Shade


Medium Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time


Special Features

Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

8, 9, 12-24, H1, H2

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderate-growing tropical evergreen that with age, will develop a curving trunk and grow to as much as 6-10’ tall and wide. This long-time garden favorite is revered for its ability to create a tropical appearance in the landscape, and features large, glossy, deeply-lobed dark-green leaves to 3’ long, appearing on the ends of its deep-green leaf stalks. Older plants will develop aerial roots protruding from its attractive ringed trunk, and are often seen sprawling across the soil surface. More mature specimens produce white flowers in summer, though they are considered inconspicuous as they are most often not visible under the dense canopy of foliage. Well-suited for shadier parts of the landscape, this vigorous species is great as a background to lower-growing shrubs, annuals or perennials, and is a popular atrium and poolside selection. Also makes a great container specimen, and can be grown indoors if provided ample light. Thrives in a rich, well-drained soil with regular watering, and while able to tolerate a good amount of sun in coastal climates, prefers a filtered-sun to light-shade exposure in warmer inland climates.

USDA Zone: 9B-11
Sunset Zone: 8, 9, 12-24, H1, H2

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