Benjamin Fig

Ficus benjamina

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profile iconStarr 031108-0243 Ficus benjamina
by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
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Ficus benjamina is an evergreen tree or shrub species dependent on how large it grows, usually reaches 3m or more. The leaves are ovate with slim points, around 12cm long and glossy green. This species is tender, keep above freezing temperatures, it may be outside in the summer months. Non-showy flowers lead onto red-orange fruits which become black upon ripening, but rarely in the absence of pollinating wasps. 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 sun and lots of shade. Cultivars with various shades of green and colourful variegated patterning have been produced.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings

Semi hardwood cuttings

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

Green

Scent

None
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