Ficus elastica

Braided Ficus, Rubber Plant

These small trees or large spreading bushes are known for their tropical-looking foliage and pear-shaped edible fruits. In colder regions, they are grown as tub plants, taken inside, or protected during the winter. They grow in most soils and are drought-resistant once established. Plant where fruit drop will not cause a litter problem. In cooler areas, plant near or against a south wall that retains heat. Plant in wire baskets if gophers are a problem. Prune to almost any shape and size. Trees bear fruit twice a year without pollination. Fertilize and water regularly for best fruit production. Protect fruit from birds.
Ficus elastica, Braided Ficus, Rubber Plant
Use outdoors in southern California and Florida for its glossy, dark green, rubbery leaves. Foolproof indoor houseplants.

Attributes - Ficus elastica

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 10 ft. to 40 ft.

Width: 25 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11

Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Container Plants, Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Mealybugs, Scales.

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Ficus benjamina 'Variegata', Ficus carica, Ficus pumila
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