A Tropical Beauty for Your Home and Garden

Meet the Polyscias fruticosa, or as it's more commonly known, the Ming Aralia. This tropical beauty is a versatile addition to any home or garden, bringing a touch of the exotic to your everyday surroundings.

Polyscias fruticosa

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

High Water Needs

Requires frequent watering but doesn't tolerate standing water. Needs regular attention.

Sand Specialist

Thrives in sandy soils, requiring moderate care and preparation.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in multiple pH ranges.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects or skin irritation risks.

Safe for All Animals

No known safety risks to pets or livestock.


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About Polyscias fruticosa

The Ming Aralia is a woody perennial that can reach an impressive height of 6 to 26 feet, with a width of 2 to 3 feet. Its olive-colored leaves are a sight to behold, adding a rich, vibrant hue to any space. But the charm doesn't stop there. Come late season, pre-summer, or even wintertime, this plant graces us with its canary and alabaster flowers, a delightful contrast to its lush foliage.

Despite its tropical origins, the Ming Aralia is a hardy plant that can thrive in a variety of environments. It's also known as the 'Teatree', though it's not the source of the popular tea tree oil.

Also known as

Ming aralia

Our design recommendations

The Ming Aralia's size and unique leaf structure make it an excellent choice for hedging or as a standalone feature in a garden. Its vivid leaves and striking flowers also make it a popular choice for interior plants, adding a touch of nature's beauty to any room. This plant is versatile and can be placed in a variety of locations. It can be a stunning centerpiece in a garden urn, a vibrant addition to a porch, or even a charming interior plant.