Shield aralia

Polyscias scutellaria (Araliaceae)


Tropical shrub, 2-6 m tall. Thick trunk. Leaves 1- or 2-pinnate, rounded or oval, toothed or sometimes cut. Tiny flowers occur in erect panicles of umbels. Shield aralia is often used to form bonsai. It grows best in moderately humid environments with no direct sun-light and adapts rather well indoors.


Native to Southwest Pacific Islands. Commonly grown in tropical gardens.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

Shield aralia is related (same family) to Ivy (Hedera sp.) and Lancewood (Pseudopanax crassifolius).

Further reading:


World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species