Hawaiian Umbrella


The Hawaiin Umbrella (Schefflera arboricola) is native to Southeast Asia. It is an excellent option for dim light and low humidity environments, although it grows smaller foliage when exposed to more sunlight. Under the right conditions, the Hawaiin Umbrella will sprout aerial roots, giving it the look of a stunning mangrove. Making the Hawaiin Umbrella an ideal Bonsai for rooms without direct sunlight or offices. 


The Hawaiin Umbrella grows well indoors year-round. The ideal temperatures for it are between 18°-22° C. 


  1. The Hawaiin Umbrella likes moist soil that must not dry out.  
  2. During winter months, make sure to water the Hawaiin Umbrella more cautiously and if placed near a heater or a vent, make sure the soil does not dry out. 

  • Training: Hawaiin Umbrella is prized for ramification and small leaves. However, their think trunks and branches do not take well to wiring and are better designed with careful and thoughtful pruning. 

  • Repotting: repot once every other year while paying attention not to damage the fleshy roots, which tend to break easily. 


YOUNG: 6"-12" tall, comes in a 6" grower's pot. 

MATURE: 8" - 16" tall, comes in an 8" handmade ceramic pot.


These are not seeds - But an Actual Living Bonsai Tree.

Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).

Soil (Substrate)

Bonsai soils are usually a mixture of organic potting compost (Pine Bark or Forest Floor), Akadamapumice, lava rock in varying amounts. 

It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai. 

Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own. 


Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures. 

Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)

50% Akadama

20% Pumice

20% Lava Rock

10% Potting Compost


Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)

1/3 Akadama

1/3 Pumice

1/3 Lava Rock


If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix. 

Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required. 


Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.

  • Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute. 
  • Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
  • Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it. 



One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.


Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Chantal Brault (Vaudreuil-Dorion, CA)

Lovely little tree!

Maureen Johnstone (London, CA)
Hawaiian Umbrella

Plant arrived in excellent condition with numerous new shoots. The existing leaves are a beautiful miniature size.

Scott Trenholm (Moncton, CA)
Great Experience

Great site, great ordering process, quick delivery and great product.
Thank you !!

Jacques GRILLI (Piedmont, CA)
First purchase of Bonsaii in line

I am very pleased with the quality and condition of the Bonsai (Hawain Umbrella) and the shipping.
One improvement would be to include specific instructions on how to care for the Hawain Umbrella. I had to do intensive research to get it as it is my first and I did not even know in which category it belongs.

Philippe C. (Montreal, CA)
Great indoor bonsai

Great tropical tree that tolerates low light conditions. The leaves are surprisingly small. Thanks.

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