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Ficus benjamina

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Photo Locations: Pismo Beach, CA, Orange, CA, Alamedas Plazas and Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden - Santa Barbara, CA and Los Angeles, CA

General Notes

Susceptible to mealybugs. This common attractive houseplant, grows to great heights and widths in tropical climates.

Native to India and Malaysia.

Family: Moraceae

Additional Common Names


Tree Characteristics

Compact and Erect with a Low Canopy.

Oval Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 60 - 100 feet.

Width: 50 - 60 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 40 to 150 years.

Leaves Ovate, Glossy Medium to Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Summer. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Red Multiple Fruit Drupelets, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.

Bark Light Green or Light Gray, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 13 and 23 - 24; H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 12.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in South Coast.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Mealy Bugs, Scales and Spider Mites, Root Rot, Sooty Mold and Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

None Known Health Hazard.

Biogenic Emissions considered High.

Special Uses & Values


Espalier or Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Ficus benjamina Tree Record." 1995-2018. Jul 20, 2018.
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