Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree Care Sheet
The Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree from Nursery Tree Wholesales is native to the subtropical regions of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands and happens to make an excellent bonsai tree when dwarfed. The tree resembles a mangrove, with roots that will grow and extend over rocks. They are hardy and easy to maintain, which make it the perfect bonsai if you are a beginner.
Other than the world renowned display of the root system, this tree is famous for the tiny, vivid green and glossy leaves that are shaped like miniature umbrellas, spouting out to form an elegantly dense canopy. These trees will also produce small, bright berries that range in color from black to orange-red. Please be sure you check out our full selection of online bonsai trees for sale from our wholesale nursery after you have read up on the Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree.
Since the Hawaiian Umbrella Tree is native to the mild, subtropical temperatures of Hawaii, it prefers to be kept at a pleasant temperature in the range of 64-71 degrees. Perfect for indoors - right? This tree can be kept outside, but it needs to be brought into the warmth of your house if the outdoor temperature drops below 59 degrees. If you do choose to keep this beautiful bonsai outdoors, make sure that it is not directly in the sun during the hottest part of the day when the sun is intense as this could cause leaf burn.
The Hawaiian Umbrella Tree requires a good amount of water, so ensure that water runs full out of the bottom of the pot when watering. With that said, it is best to let the soil to slightly dry out in between watering. You do not want to overwater, which will surely cause the eventual root rot. If you keep the tree inside, it is also good to mist the leaves when you water – this will help keep them dust free (and therefore better able to absorb sunlight) and also help to create a humid environment around the tree.
This little tree loves sun! It is best to keep this tree in a bright window that receives consistent sun throughout the day. The leaves of the tree will generally be more compact and smaller if the tree receives a lot of light – which is exactly what you want in bonsai!
We recommend that you fertilize your tree with a liquid, low nitrogen fertilizer every 4 weeks during. A high nitrogen fertilizer will eventually cause large leaves – a bonsai “no-no”. Go to a local hardware store or nursery and ask them to help you find a low nitrogen fertilizer. Please read our post if you would like to know more about fertilizer.
We do not recommend that you try to wire the Hawaiian Umbrella, but rather try to encourage the growth of air roots. As the tree ages, it will naturally do this as long as the humidity leaves are high and the tree is healthy. When the tree is growing and the branches have reached your desired length, simply (and gently) cut the rest of tip to help form the shape you like. These trees have an “exotic” look to them already, it is your job to keep the leaves small by cutting them away and keeping it healthy.
We recommend that you repot and significantly cut back the ground roots in the spring, every two years. If you haven’t already, you should also remove any large leaves at that time as well to encourage dwarf leaf development.
As always, maintaining the overall health of your bonsai tree will pay significant dividends in keeping away insects and pests. Keep the leaves clean, make sure it receives plenty of sun, and water regularly (but not too much!) and you should enjoy success with your Hawaiian Umbrella. If you do notice sticky leaves, off color or yellow leaves, or small spider webs, then you unfortunately have a pest problem. Luckily, most problems can easily be remedied thoroughly spraying and cleaning the tree with a solution of 1 quart warm water and 1 tsp of dish soap. Make sure that wipe the tree down with clean water after you are finished.
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