Plant DetailShow Menu

Polyscias fruticosa

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
pol-ISS-see-as froo-tih-KOH-suh
Description

Ming Aralia is an evergreen shrub or short tree that is erect and upright and grows up to 26' tall in its native habitat. In NC it is grown as a house plant. It needs bright indirect light, warm air temperatures, and medium to high humidity.  It can be grown in a variety of soil types providing it receives good drainage.  It will perform best in soil that is not too wet or dry.  Allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry before watering.  Misting between watering will help to raise the humidity. This plant is prized for its oriental look, the fern-like foliage of this tree makes it an excellent specimen for interiorscapes, but large plants are very expensive. 

This plant typically does not flower or produce fruit when grown in the home.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves are tripennate
  • Leaflets are irregularly lobed and serrate
  • Finely cut foliage 

 

More information on Polyscias.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Elegans'
Tags:
#white#evergreen#houseplant#white flowers#green#green flowers#feathery leaves#winter interest#tropical perennial#fantz#powdery mildew resistant#humidity tolerant#tropical feel
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Elegans'
Tags:
#white#evergreen#houseplant#white flowers#green#green flowers#feathery leaves#winter interest#tropical perennial#fantz#powdery mildew resistant#humidity tolerant#tropical feel
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Polyscias
    Species:
    fruticosa
    Family:
    Araliaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Used in herbal medicine
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central Malesia to South West Pacific
    Play Value:
    Easy to Grow
    Edibility:
    Young leaves and shoots can be cooked as a vegetable and flavoring.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 26 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    11b, 11a, 12a, 12b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are in small umbels, and green-white in color. Inflorescence is a panicle up to 6". Flowers can bloom all year round.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are 1-3 pinnately compound up to 1.5'. Leaflets are linear-lanceolate, narrow-ovate or oblong. Apices are acute, toothed, lobed, or irregularly pinnatisect. The leaves are dark green and are clustered near the tips of branches.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Bark Description:
    Fairly smooth medium brown bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Stems are smooth, flexible and reddish-brown.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio