Polyscias are versatile, small, indoor, branching trees. They grow in an upright and compact manner, making them suitable even in smaller spaces. Their thick, woody trunks is their main appeal. The large, rounded leaves grow along the full length of the branches, creating a mass of green tranquillity for your home. They are often called Dinner Plate Aralia due to their round, flat leaf shape. Polyscias translates from the Greek as "many" and "shade", a reference to their abundant foliage.Polyscias scutellaria Fabian has large, scalloped, dark green, glossy leaves that curve outwards slightly. They are deeply veined and tinged purple underneath.