Japanese aralia is a member of the Araliaceae family commonly grown outdoors in frost-free climates. Indoors, it can be kept small by regular pruning.
Long, upright leaf stems hold glossy, lobed leaves with pointed tips. Each leaf has between 7-9 lobes and can reach up to 12 in (30 cm) across. Clusters of creamy-white flowers may appear on mature plants in fall, followed by green fruit that turn black as they ripen.
This attractive fast-growing, evergreen shrub is easy to care for. It seems to shrug off pests and diseases, and needs little attention to thrive. You can keep it happy by watering regularly and providing good drainage. You can move it outdoors in summer if you want. Just be sure to put it in a shaded spot outside, because direct sun can burn its leaves. Japanese Aralia is a good landscape choice for a tropical look. Zones 8+ or indoors.