Native to the tropics of India and Polynesia, aralia is an interesting and exotic houseplant that is technically an evergreen shrub. While it is a bit more temperamental to grow than your average plant, it's well worth the effort for its fluffy, bright green foliage.
Ming aralia likes bright, indirect light and can handle light shade. Allowing the plant to get morning sun is good, but it should never be kept in direct sunlight during the harsher afternoon hours, as the rays can scorch its fragile foliage. Aim for about six to 8 hours of filtered light a day.
Water every 7-10 days
|Botanical Name||Polyscias fruticosa|
|Common Name||Ming aralia|
|Plant Type||Evergreen shrub|
|Mature Size||6–8 ft. tall, 2–3 ft. wide|
|Sun Exposure||Partial shade|
|Soil Type||Rich, loamy, well-drained|
|Bloom Time||Summer (rarely blooms)|
|Flower Color||Yellow, white|
|Hardiness Zones||11, 12 (USDA)|
|Toxicity||Toxic to pets and humans|