Queensland Umbrella Tree


General description

Multi-stemmed tree < 10 m tall, can grow as epiphyte. Leaves are large, glossy and digitately compound, with leaflets < 30 cm. Flowers are red/pink and borne in large branched clusters near the top of the tree. Fruit is round and fleshy.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment, from 1 September 2022, you:

  • will not be allowed to breed, distribute, release or sell Queensland umbrella tree within the Auckland region.
  • will not be allowed to plant Queensland umbrella tree within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • must destroy any Queensland umbrella tree on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.

Forest, swamps, riparian margins, rocky outcrops, coastal areas, urban areas.

Seeds dispersed by birds, possibly by mammals and water. Human-mediated dispersal through deliberate plantings.

Potential to competitively exclude native vegetation. May compete with the closely related taonga species patete (S. digitata).

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel
Ringbark stem and paste with metsulfuron gel

Basic Growsafe certified
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray seedlings with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Search tags

RPMP status

Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Queensland umbrella tree - Main species image