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Dinner Plate Aralia

Polyscias balfouriana "Fabian"

("pol-isk-EE-uss bal-four-EE-ah-nah")


Dinner Plate Aralia, known as Polyscias balfouriana or Fabian Aralia, is a shrubby plant with large, round, slightly concave leaves (resembling dinner plates - hence the common name) that are often tinged with dark red.  The plant has woody stems and can resemble a small tree when  large (in the wild it can grow to 8m in height). 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 a glands that produce a pungent scent when they are stressed - somewhat spicy or like over-brewed coffee

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Pets & Children

May be hazardous to dogs that are prone to nibbling leaves.


60-70cm. In the wild, these plants can grow up to 8m in height. House plants are typically 50cm - 2m in height

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Country of Origin

New Guinea, North-eastern Australia (Queensland)

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 - medium-high


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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