The dwarf Schefflera arboricola, or Hawaiian umbrella tree, is a small evergreen shrub that grows in nature. It can easily be trained to be bonsai. It is easy to prune and doesn't require as much watering as other bonsai tree varieties.
Schefflera actinophylla is evergreen and has dark green leaves all year. They fan out into an umbrella shape, making it perfect for bonsai styles that require a dense canopy. They are often used in forest plantings.
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Why is the Schefflera arboricola a good beginner bonsai?
Many characteristics make the Hawaiian umbrella tree a great choice for beginners. It can thrive in low-light conditions. Many beginners keep their trees indoors. This tree is a good choice for indoor use.
They thrive in USDA zones 9-11, so people living north of Florida, Texas, or California can keep them indoors all year. They will be at their best when indoors are exposed to indirect light from east or west-facing windows or rooms with fluorescent lighting for extended periods.
Zweiten, Schefflera aren't very picky about their watering needs. Most beginners will end up destroying their bonsai trees by not properly watering them. The trees can be quite forgiving if the soil is not allowed to dry completely. If the tree is overwatered or is being underwatered, it will let its owner know. If the Hawaiian umbrella is overwatered, its leaves will turn black and curl at the ends if they are being underwatered.