Benjamin Fig

Ficus benjamina

Weeping Fig, Ficus Tree, Java Fig, Java Tree, Small-Leaved Rubber Plant, Tropic Laurel, Waringin, Benjamin Tree, Malayan Banyan, Oval-Leaf Figtree, Weeping-Laurel

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Ficus benjamina
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Ficus benjamina is an evergreen tree or shrub, dependent on how large it grows, often 3m or more. It is therefore not typically grown for its fruits, but as a popular foliage houseplant due to its elegant growth habit and tolerance of poor light. Preferring bright sunny conditions, this species will cope with partial shade. For optimal growth keep it moist but now damp. The leaves are ovate with slim points, around 12cm long and glossy green. This species is tender, so keep above freezing temperatures, it may be kept outside in the summer months. Non-showy flowers lead on to red-orange fruits which become black upon ripening, but rarely in the absence of pollinating wasps. Cultivars with various shades of green and colourful variegated patterning have been produced. The sap of Ficus can be a skin and eye irritant; all plant parts can also cause stomach upset if consumed.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings

Semi hardwood cuttings

Special features

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

South & Southeastern Asia through Malesia to Northern Australia & the Southwest Pacific.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Moraceae

Flower colour

Insignificant, Green

Scent

None
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