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The islander

The islander

Black aralia (Polyscias guilfoylei)

Foliage: Ruffled, slightly coarse leaves on slim trunks—the most interesting texture of any houseplant we’ve seen.

Plant: A tender shrub from the tropics, it grows slowly to 12 feet. Water when soil has dried 2 to 3 inches below the surface.

Light: Moderate to bright.

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