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.
Semi hardwood cuttings
South & Southeastern Asia through Malesia to Northern Australia & the Southwest Pacific.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline