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Umbrella Tree

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Umbrella Tree Plant Care

Learn All About Umbrella Tree Care with our Guide

Umbrella trees are beautiful houseplants that have groups of oval-shaped leaves growing from a central stalk in the shape of an umbrella. Native to Taiwan and Southern China, they are tropical plants that will tolerate a range of growing conditions.

Caring for your Umbrella Tree


Umbrella trees are best placed in bright indirect sunlight, although they can tolerate a little direct sun and some shade. Turn your umbrella tree regularly to ensure even growth. If your plant has leggy shoots, it probably isn’t getting enough light.

Soil & Nutrients

Umbrella trees need nutrient-rich soil with good drainage. Any well-draining potting mix will suffice. Use a liquid fertiliser occasionally during the growing season (May to August).


The umbrella tree likes moist soil so top yours up when the top of the soil is dry. Make sure it doesn’t sit in standing water and reduce watering in the winter months. Yellow or dropping leaves can indicate overwatering.

Climate & Humidity

Due to their tropical origins, umbrella trees like warm and humid conditions and are well suited to a bathroom or kitchen. Avoid exposing your umbrella tree to cold or dry conditions and consider increasing humidity by misting your plant, especially if you are using heating or air conditioning.


Prune any leggy or unwanted growth during the Spring and Summer months to encourage new growth. Umbrella trees are prone to aphids which cause sooty mould to form on the leaves. Give your plant a shower and wipe the leaves with a damp cloth. Treat the aphids with an insecticide soap or neem oil spray.


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