Polyscias guilfoylei ‘Blackie’ – Black Aralia (email for availability)

This tropical plant can be grown outside in filtered light or as a house plant. It has very interesting very dark greenish blue leaves that are dimpled and curly. I would recommend this plant for beginner gardners.

Winter dormant. Check back in spring.


Black Aralia forms crooked trunks and interesting shapes. It is great material for containers or as a Bonsai tree. The curly dimpled leaves are super unique and remind me of kale!
We grow them outside at our nursery in south Florida but they can also be kept indoors with good conditions. We prefer to grow them in bright shade but they can also adopt to direct sun. They require average water, occasional fertilizer and trimming. They like to be kept warm. They can drop their leaves if exposed to temperatures below 50 F.

FAMILY : Araliaceae
ORIGIN : South Pacific
MATURE SIZE : 6′-8′ without trimming
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS : bright shade/filtered light
MIN. TEMP. : low 30’s for a short period of time, but ideal if kept above low 50’s
FLOWER : insignificant

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 × 24 in
Gardino Nursery