Ming Aralia (Polyscias fruticosa)

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Other
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: 2 to 8 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Other: Flowers sporadically on mature plants in good light at any time
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Prefers to be under-potted


Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 5, 2011 8:50 PM

The Ming Aralia is native from India to Polynesia and is a slow-growing shrub reaching heights to 8'. It has an upright, spreading growth habit with finely textured, tripinnate dark green leaves that have a shaggy appearance. Ming Aralia prefers a location of sun to partial shade, and medium humidity.

I grow my plant in a chunky, fast-draining potting medium and I water it approximately once a week during the summer months. I've read that Ming Aralia prefers temperatures of 60º to 85ºF, but mine hasn't seemed to be negatively affected by our hot, humid summer with many days in the mid 90s. It also survived our last two extremely cold winters on an unheated porch, but I wouldn't suggest that for areas that have extended winters. There was major leaf drop, but the plant perked right up when the warm weather returned.

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