This showy shrub with highly ornamental interesting foliage is native to the paleotropics and neotropics. It has erect branches and in the nature can grow to a height of up to 24 feet. In cultivation it stays much smaller and often used as a container specimen, sometimes in interior design. Leaves are commonly variegated with margins of white or pale yellow, but can also be entirely dark green. This slow-growing tropical foliage plant makes a perfect houseplant and requires very little care.
All Polyscias prefer a warm sunny location, although they are tolerant to shade. Cold drafts, cold water or cool room temperatures will cause leaf drop.