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PlantFiles: Dinner Plate Aralia, Balfour Aralia
Polyscias scutellaria 'Balfouriana'

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Polyscias (pol-ISS-skee-as) (Info)
Species: scutellaria (skew-teh-LARE-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Balfouriana

Synonym:Aralia balfouriana
Synonym:Polyscias balfouriana

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

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Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Shaunapie On Apr 20, 2011, Shaunapie from Chambersburg, PA wrote:

After reading this I am pretty sure my best friend is allergic to this plant, after purchasing one on clearance for 1$ she repotted and pruned it, the next day she started getting rashes, We will test this theory but it would certainly make sense.

Positive Joacar On Jan 16, 2011, Joacar from Delray Beach, FL wrote:

I have a beautiful dinner plate aralia growing in a container next to my front door - in total shade - and it's been thriving for several years. I keep it about 4 feet high.

Positive Kaytucci On Dec 8, 2008, Kaytucci from Pella, IA wrote:

I'm growing this plant as a bonsai,,,,kaytucci

Positive handbright On May 26, 2005, handbright from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Very pretty plant...bought this as a miniature, but the growth shows this is a goody that gets really big.
Beware the miniature labels at the local HD & Lowes...but even so, it sure is a nice guess it gets as big as indicated in the file info (3-5 feet) only in these southern climes; probably would be a fun kitchen table plant for anything north of here. (zone10B)


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Summerland, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Key West, Florida (2 reports)
Miami, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Palm Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Sugarloaf Shores, Florida
Summerland Key, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Richmond, Maine
Crossville, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas

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