Plant ID forum: A Friend Inherited This..... Tree? Help?

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Raddyl
Jan 22, 2018 7:14 PM CST
I'm sure it's obvious to someone, but I have no clue what this thing is. It was inherited by a friend on a new apartment. It looks like it's been through some "stuff in it's life. I only have a couple of pics. Any clues?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 22, 2018 7:39 PM CST
Completely wild guess: Balfour Aralia?
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Raddyl
Jan 23, 2018 4:34 AM CST
DaisyI said:Completely wild guess: Balfour Aralia?


It really does look like that, wow!
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 23, 2018 11:03 AM CST
Good work, Daisy!

I suggest that you cut it down to half its height because it will never branch or push out leaves except at the tip end. Move it to a location right in front of a sunny, completely uncovered window. Water when the top half-inch of soil is dry. Leave the roots undisturbed.
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plantladylin
Jan 23, 2018 12:44 PM CST
Good eye @Daisyl and I agree with @WillC, the plant needs to be pruned to promote bushier growth.

I've always been confused with these two:
Balfour Aralia (Polyscias scutellaria)
Balfour Aralia (Polyscias balfouriana)

I've had my plant since about 2008 or 2009 and I don't remember whether it had a scientific name listed on the tag or not, but I do remember it showing the common name of Balfour Aralia. I was later told that it is P. scutellaria (don't remember by who or) but that database entry is where my photos are located. I don't see any photos at the entry for P. balfouriana and doing a google search for the two, doesn't offer much help.

I'm not certain but I think both species have the common names of "Dinnerplate" and "Balfour" Aralia. I once had one with dark green leaves and I think there was a slight difference in the shape of the leaves but my memory isn't what it used to be so I may be thinking of an entirely different plant. Smiling

I now only grow the one with the creamy variegation on the leaf edges and it's been crammed into a small screened porch with a bunch of other plants that we covered with blankets during a few cold nights a week or so ago. I need to move it back out into the yard and water it and I plan to prune it in the spring. I rooted cuttings the last time I pruned and gave the little plants away so I might have to consider rooting a few new cuttings! The plant lost many leaves due to lack of light, water and a few hours of cold but it was protected for the most part by the covers we put over it.
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Raddyl
Jan 23, 2018 4:50 PM CST
Thank you all so much. My guess (as someone with little knowledge of exotic plants), was to also chop it in half and stick it near the window. The information is all passed along and rehab has begun for that Aralia

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