Polyscias scutellaria

Shield Aralia, Plum Aralia, Balfour Aralia

Polyscias scutellaria
Polyscias scutellaria “Variegata”


  • Lighting: bright to part sunny with morning, evening or winter sun, the green leaved cultivars will tolerate light shade
  • Soil: a regular potting mix
  • Watering: allow to moderately dry between the waterings
  • Feeding: monthly from spring to late summer with a standard liquid fertilizer,
    new bought or recently repotted Aralias don’t need to be fed for the first year
  • Temperature: average warmth the year round with a winter minimum of 15 °C/59 °F
  • Propagation: cuttings

Lighting: The variegated cultivars do best if located bright or part sunny with some morning, evening or winter sun. The green leaved forms will also tolerate light shade.

Shield Aralia

Soil: Regular potting mixes for indoor plants can be used.

Watering: Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out between the waterings.

Feeding: From spring to late summer if Polyscias scutellaria is in active growth a standard liquid fertilizer can be given monthly.
Don’t feed fresh bought or recently repotted plants for the first year.

Plum Aralia

Temperature: The Shield Aralia likes it warm the year round with a winter minimum of 15 °C/59 °F.

Propagation: Polyscias scutellaria can be grown from cuttings.

Plum Aralia cuttings


Polyscias scutellaria is commonly known as Shield Aralia, Plum Aralia or Balfour Aralia. In its natural habitat this tree can reach up to 6 meters in height.

Polyscias scutellaria Fabian
Polyscias scutellaria “Fabian”
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