Plant ID forum: Aralia (Polyscias scutellaria)

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 1, 2012 10:27 PM CST
Hello again!

Just got this houseplant from Home Depot, could not resist her Big Grin Unfortunately the tag does not say what its name is, only says houseplant - foliage and requires bright light 60-90F indoors.
Hope someone knows her Big Grin Thanks in advance!

Thumb of 2012-03-02/tarev/9b177e

Closer look of foliage:

Thumb of 2012-03-02/tarev/872956
Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Mar 2, 2012 9:21 AM CST
Tarev, I have seen these 100's of times at Home Depot, and sometimes with tags, but for the life of me, I cannot think of the name right now. I want to say it starts with a 'J'....but just not certain.

























Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Mar 2, 2012 9:36 AM CST
Ah, here we go.....I think this is a Polyscias Balfouriana. It typically comes in a variegated and non-variegated form.

http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/2011_09_25_a...

























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Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Mar 2, 2012 9:41 AM CST
They even have the variegated form for sale on their website :)

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100605688/h_d2/Produ...

























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JRsbugs
Mar 2, 2012 10:01 AM CST
It looks like you got it Alan, but the one on the left is Polyscias scutellaria..

http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/2010/08/verm...

Top Tropics have a 'Marginata' of the same species though .. and are using both species names.

http://toptropicals.com/cgi-bin/garden_catalog/cat.cgi?searc...

Polyscias scutellaria is an accepted name ..

http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-162576

Polyscias balfouriana is a different species, also accepted.

http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-162447

Most variegated plants appear to be Polyscias balfouriana (lower case for the species) but some are calling the plain leave one the same!

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Polyscias+balfouriana&um=1&...

Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 2, 2012 10:51 AM CST
Thanks for all the links! So I read through it and got further links..I think I will label my plant as Polyscias scuttelaria 'Fabian'

Thanks Janet and Alan! Now to find out why they potted it with no drainage..hmmm...weird people at HD!
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GardenGuyAZ
Mar 2, 2012 11:40 AM CST
Yes, you are right Janet, I got cross-eyed when I was looking at the names and the links :)

























Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Mar 2, 2012 11:43 AM CST
Yes, you are right Janet, I got cross-eyed when I was looking at the names and the links :)

I dunno why it has not drainage, but I like the pot Tarev :)


























Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 2, 2012 11:46 AM CST
Of course you like the pot..mr. blue guy! Big Grin
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woofie
Mar 2, 2012 11:53 AM CST
Those pots with no drainage holes make nice vases for flower arrangements. Smiling
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Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Mar 2, 2012 12:28 PM CST
Hahaha...blue is my favorite color. :)

























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rocklady
Mar 11, 2012 9:47 AM CST
You can put pebbles in the bottom of those pots and set a regular pot in them. Keeps the potted plant from sitting in water.
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