Synonym: Philodendron bipinnatifidum

Common name: Tree philodendron

Native to: Central and South America


A Philodendron selloum or Tree philodendron is native to South America, with large, deeply-lobed, dark shiny leaves, which can tolerate low light but prefers bright indirect sunlight. It generally climbs up vertical objects such as trees and provides a stunning tropical feel to a garden planting. It is less suited to indoor planting unless in a very large place as leaves can typically get as big as 4 feet long!

Philodendron selloum

  • Native / exotic: Exotic

    Aspect: Indirect sun to partial and low shade.

    Flowers: Takes approximately 15-20 years to produce a flower. When it does, they consist of a white spadix enclosed within a green/white spathe.

    Fragrance: None

    Foliage: Shiny, dark green, simple, large and deeply lobed, which can each to 4 feet long.

    Growth habit: Climbing or epiphytic characteristics

    Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant

    Height: Up to 3 metres (6-10 feet)

    Spread: Up to 2.5 metres (6-8 feet)

    Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained rich and slightly alkaline soils. Keep well mulched

    Uses: Large structural planting in areas with a lot of space. Can be used indoors in very large spaces.


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