Balfour Aralia and Ming Aralia


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Balfour Aralia and Ming Aralia
Common Name: Balfour Aralia and Ming Aralia
Botanical Name: Polyscias scutellaria 'Balfourii' and P. fruticosa (pol-i-SCI-as)
Decorative Life: Many months to years.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Can drop foliage when held under inadequate light or the growing media is allowed to dry too much and/or the salt (fertilizer) levels get too high.
Family Roots:
  • Members of the Araliaceae (aralia family). Family relatives include false aralia, Fatsia, American ginseng, English ivy and rice-paper plant.
  • Native to Eastern Malaysia and the Western Pacific.
Personality:
  • Erect evergreen shrubs, 12-25 feet in the wild but much smaller when grown indoors as potted plants. Leaves shiny dark green, 3-5 lobed or 1-3 pinnate, from 2-3 inches and larger.
  • While their yellow-green flowers can be many and impressive in the wild, they are not a main attribute when grown indoors.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: Not applicable.
Storage Specifics: Chill sensitive, hold at 55F or higher.
Tidbits:
  • From the Greek "polys" meaning many, and "skias" for shade or canopy, referring to the sometimes large, many branched and spreading flower heads.