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Hawaiian Umbrella?

I got, what I was told is a Hawaiian Umbrella, but when I looked up the care for it what I have in front of me does not look like any of the pictures I see.
I just want to know for sure what I have so I can take care of it properly.

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Location: Elizabeth, PA

Yep, what you have is commonly called Hawaiian Umbrella, or schefflera arboricola. They are sometimes referred to as the indestructible bonsai. Water it using the chopstick method (check out the bonsai learning forum) and give it as much light as you can for fast growth. If you want it to branch, you have to cut through all of the leaf stalks and remove the growth tip. Check out the picture gallery and search for schefflera. You'll get lots of great inspiration.

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