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Family: Moraceae

 Ficus benjamina

After four years, the two small twigs now form a 2,5 meter tree.

Author:  Carl Linnaeus 1767
Family:  Moraceae
Habitat:  South, Southeast Asia and Australia.
Soil:  Anything
Water:  Medium-Maximum
Sun:  Medium-Maximum
Thickness:  5 meters
Height:  30 meters
Flower:  Greenish
Reproduction:  Cuttings/Seeds
Pop names:  Weeping Fig, Benjamin's Fig, Tropic Laurel, Java Tree, Small Leaved Rubber Plant, Waringin
Synonyms:  Urostigma benjaminum  Miq. 1847. Ficus retusa Carl von Linnaeus 1767. Ficus tsiela, William Roxburgh.

Then I pruned it for some years, and now I have a massive bush, only 75 centimetres high.



   This member of the Moraceae family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1767. It is found in south and southeast Asia and throughout the eastern Australia. It will grow in any kind of soil with some to lots of water and some to lots of sun. It can grow to 30 meters height and even wider.

I have been trying to grow this plant since 1997, trying to obtain the dense shape as I see in the tropics. It have now succeeded: I turn it 180 degrees every week. It is placed one meter inside from a western window, and it always has water. Pruning it weekly during the growth season, and it is exactly as I want it! Besides from the pruning, it have not lost  single leaf in four years, and it is massive!

It have been a popular house- and office plant in Denmark for years. New knowledge shows how bad an idea that was: The milk sap and dust in general make a cocktail that enhances allergy, it is said.