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Ming Aralia Small

Polyscias fruticosa "Ming"

("pol-isk-EE-uss froo-tee-KOH-see-ah")


Polyscias fruticosa, also known as Ming Aralia, is an attractive indoor plant with a woody stem and beautiful pale green feathery leaves, resembling those of Japanese acers. If you are looking for a houseplant that looks like a garden plant, and not overly tropical, this would be a good choice.

Related to ivy and Schefflera, Polyscias species produce similar looking floral structures and berries, although this is very rare indoors. If they do occur, it is best to remove them as they can be toxic.

Polyscias species also have glands that produce a pungent scent when they are stressed - somewhat spicy or like over-brewed coffee.

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Pets & Children

Even though this plant is used in traditional medicine and as a spice, it is best to regard the plant as mildly toxic and kept away from dogs that might be tempted to nibble on leaves


30-40cm. Up to 1.5m as a houseplant, but in the wild it can grow up to 2.5m

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Country of Origin

Native to tropical North Queensland, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

Habitat Conditions

Polyscias species originate in the humid tropics of New Guinea and Northern Queensland and do best in medium to good light, but avoiding direct sunlight. Even at their maximum height in the wild, they are found only in the shrub layer of the forest and are usually shaded by much taller trees. Their natural habitat tends to be warm and humid and the soil never is never completely dry.

Plant Care


Medium-high - high. Keep out of direct sunlight


Medium. Keep the soil moist, but not wet. If the plant gets water stressed, it will give off a pungent smell. The plants benefit from regular misting with tepid water, which will also deter two-spotted spider mites


Prune to keep an attractive shape. Removing the top of the plant (or ends of most stems) will encourage branching. Like most members of the ivy family, it is possible to grow new plants from the cuttings.


Add some dilute fertilizer to the water every time you water the plant

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs and two-spotted spider mites can be troublesome. Keep a close eye on the undersides of the foliage and remove any pests as soon as you see them with a damp cloth or paper towel. Low humidity encourages spider mites, and if left unchecked, they can do a lot of damage to the plant

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