Ming aralia has an upright habit and won't grow very tall. Over time, it will drop its lower leaves, revealing a gnarled tree-like trunk. If you want, you can keep it short and shrubby by cutting it back every spring. You'll make it even more beautiful with regular pruning. Prune off the growing tips to encourage branching and denser foliage. If your Ming suddenly starts shedding leaves, don't panic. Some leaf drop is normal. Is it growing new leaves at the stem tips? If so, this is just part of the normal growth. A sudden change in light, such as moving your plant to a shadier location, may cause leaf drop. Give it as much light as you can. Aim for bright light, though it will tolerate varying levels from low light to bright light. Water thoroughly and allow top 2" of soil to dry out between waterings. Cut back on water in the winter when growth has slowed. Feed monthly spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.