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Benjamin Fig

Ficus benjamina

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

2.5m

2.5m

Min

1.5m

10 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Overview

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.

Common problems

Propagation

Seed

Cuttings

Semi hardwood cuttings

Layering

Special Features

Attractive leaves