Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree

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Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree


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Product Description

Our Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree is something special.
This 5 year old tropical plant has it's own "reflection pool" for the recipient to think inspiring thoughts. Pot holding tree may vary from what is shown in picture.

Maybe the easiest of all Bonsai Trees to grow.  Loves being inside or outside as long as it doesn't get too much sun, or too cold.  Develops great looking exposed roots and multiple trunks.  Great size for a desk or shelf.

This tree's palm-like canopy has a great tropical feel to it.  A few seashells and one of those drinks with an umbrella in it and you're at the beach.  It has excellent realism like any good Bonsai should: a miature version of an age-old group of trees.

These 5 year-old Bonsai trees stand 12-14 inches tall and come in a Land and Sea (sometimes called "Yin-Yang") ceramic Bonsai pot (shapes and colors may vary).

Our "Nursery Direct" Bonsai trees are the same beautiful trees that we photograph and sell individually, but we haven't gotten around to final trimming or taking their pictures yet.

Choosing a "Nursery Direct" Bonsai tree saves us lots of time in the photo studio with your tree, and we pass the savings on to you.  "Nursery Direct Bonsai Trees" are a very popular customer option and a great way to save a little dough... and your tree will still be balanced, dressed and ready for your care like all of the other Bonsai trees you see individually pictured on our website


This plant ships by FedEx ground. It will arrive in 3 - 5 days.


  • 5 Year Old Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree
  • Tree Approx 10" - 12"
  • Pot Approx 8"
  • Care Instructions
  • Item: DHTRPT

General Information:

This dwarf Schefflera, a native to Malaysia, has thick green miniature leaves shaped like umbrellas that form a dense, green canopy, thus the name “Hawaiian Umbrella”. In spring it produces beautiful red blooms. This Bonsai is very hardy and adaptable, making it one of the easiest to grow and maintain, especially for beginners. It is a versatile tree— great for home, office, dorm or anywhere and does well in low to high lighting conditions. Scheffleras form “banyan-style” aerial roots, making it easy to make roots-over-rock styles.


Where to place your Bonsai depends on what species of Bonsai tree you have. The Hawaiian Umbrella Tree is from the tropics and, makes a great indoor plant. It is a versatile tree— great for home, office, dorm or anywhere and does well in low to high lighting conditions. A sunny window or brightly lit spot sheltered from direct sunlight works well for this Bonsai. Parts of the Hawaiian Umbrella are poisonous if ingested. KEEP THIS PLANT OUT OF REACH OF PETS AND CHILDREN.


The more sunlight and warmth your Bonsai receives, the more often it will need water. More Bonsai die due to improper watering than any other cause. Check your Bonsai daily by sticking your finger into the soil. Do not water the tree if the soil is damp or cool. This particular Bonsai generally needs to be watered every 2-3 days, but there is no set schedule. The key to growing a Hawaiian Umbrella is never to allow the soil to completely dry. When the topsoil feels dry, water thoroughly and deeply. An old Bonsai watering trick is to place the entire pot in a sink of water an inch or two deep. Let the water absorb from the holes in the bottom of the pot. If the leaves turn black, you are watering too much; if the tips turn up your Schefflera is not getting enough water. An inexpensive moisture meter takes the guesswork out of watering. We sell them.


Leaves want humidity to keep them green and healthy. Any time your tree is inside, the air is very dry. Mist often during the day. Avoid putting your Bonsai near a draft or vent, which dries out the foliage. A humidity tray is a great way to increase humidity. These shallow trays filled with small stones have water in the bottom of the tray. Make sure the water does not reach the bottom of the Bonsai pot. As the water evaporates, it creates a moister environment.


Fertilizing a Bonsai is essential to its health because nutrients in the soil are washed away with each watering. Fertilizer is like vitamins and minerals for a plant. When new growth appears in the spring, it’s time to start feeding your Hawaiian Umbrella. Use an organic liquid fertilizer or a chemical fertilizer diluted to one half strength. Most Bonsai should be fertilized once or twice per month during the growing season and once a month in the winter. Water your tree BEFORE fertilizing. DO NOT FERTILIZE A WEAK OR FRESHLY REPOTTED TREE! This will cause stress to the tree by burning the roots.


To keep a Bonsai miniature, it needs to be trimmed and pruned as new growth appears. While the Schefflera does not need training like some Bonsai, it does need occasional pruning to keep the miniature shape. Pinching the stems will encourage branching. However, never remove all the new growth at one time. Shape is determined by the overall look that you want to achieve. Hawaiian Umbrella adapt well to a broad crowned style with banyan-style roots. Sit at eye level with your Bonsai tree and use Bonsai trimming shears. Your cuts should be smooth or slightly concave so the wound will heal quickly. If the cut surface is brown, add pruning paint to the surface. Deciduous trees and be cut throughout the growing season; junipers, cypress and palms can be nipped throughout the year.


Good wiring techniques are used to train Bonsai trees into different shapes and styles. The umbrella tree does not need training like some Bonsai. Regular pruning should be all that is needed to keep your Umbrella Tree in shape.


A Bonsai should be repotted periodically to supply the plant with fresh soil. When the roots can be seen growing out the sides of the Bonsai container...it’s time. For the Hawaiian Umbrella this occurs every year in early spring. As with any Bonsai, the soil quality is key to its successful growth. This particular species prefers soil with a pH level between 5.6 and 6.0. The soil should also be mildly alkaline with a pH level of 7.6 to 7.8. After repotting, water thoroughly. DO NOT FERTILIZE FOR 3-4 WEEKS.

Insects and Diseases:

Insects such as spider mites and scale are common Hawaiian Umbrella pests. Small moving pinpoints of red or brown on branch tips identify mites, severe infestations leave “spider webs on branch tips and yellow leaves all over the tree. Scale is identified by brown or black bumps on the branches. These bumps contain insects under a protective waxy shell. A very sticky secretion that discolors the branches may also be present.

You should inspect your tree several times a week to look for problems. These can be attacked with the use of insecticides and fungicides in the form of sprays, soapy rinses, or systemic poisons. Spraying your Bonsais once every month or two with a non-toxic insect spray should keep the tree clean and healthy. Soaps should be rinsed of the next day. DO NOT SPRAY WHEN SOIL IS DRY.



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