Weeping Fig
Ficus tree
House tree
Benjamin's fig
(Ficus benjamina)

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Care

A.K.A.:
Ficus tree
House tree
Benjamin's fig
House Plant or Tropical
Water_use_2 Water_use_3 Low to Average Water Use
Exposure_2 Exposure_1 Part Shade to Full Sun
25' (7.5m) High
10' (3.0m) Wide
Moderate Growth Rate

This native fig tree from the south pacific has been cultivated as the much loved house tree. It can be seen in many forms from weeping fig bonsai, to braided trunks, to huge specimens in parks, and open air shopping malls.

Also known as Ficus or House Tree, these trees have glossy, graceful, drooping leaves. As a house plant it, adds color and oxygen cleaning qualities to any home. In return the stately ficus tree asks for full sun, protection from the cold, and regular moderate watering.

The roots are fast growing, and can become root bound...monitoring is suggested. Leaf drop is the ficus’ way to express stress, and generally a response to light or environmental changes.

With consistency and care, the ficus tree is a rewarding and handsome addition to the home. Variegated, and many hybrid varieties are now available.

Care

Woody stem cuttings can be rooted for propagation. Do not over water. Protect from the cold.

Uses

These trees are grown for foliage, and indoor decor. Sometimes seen in parks, and outdoor container gardens. Not recommended as a landscape addition. Also a noted air cleaning plant by NASA .

Problems

They can be invasive . Toxic if eaten! Leaf drop when stressed. If planted outdoors in tropical climates, the plant can become very large, and invasive as well.

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