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 I kept my plant small and well cut for seven years, but my neighbour left the window in our common kitchen
 open for two nights in a row - with hard frost, while I wasn't home! I got it confirmed: It can't stand frost!


A large tree by Forest & Kim Starr, Wikimedia.org.

Author:  Carl Linnaeus Junior, 1782
Family:  MORACEAE
Origin:  Andaman Island, Assam, Bangladesh, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Cambodia, Caroline Island, China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Island, East Himalaya, Hainan, India, Japan, Java, Laccadive Island, Laos, Lesser Sunda Island, Malaya, Maluku, Marianas, Marshall Island, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nicobar Island, Philippines, Queensland; Australia, Solomon Islands, South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi + Sumatera; Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, West Himalaya
Soil:  Rich - Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Minimum - Maximum
Thickness:  1 Meter
Height:  15 Meters
Flower:  Green
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Laurel Fig, Indian Laurel, Laurel Rubber, Chinese Banyan, Malayan Banyan, Smallfruit Fig, Green Island Fig, Ginsing Fig
Synonyms:  Ficus nitida, Thunb,
Ficus retusa,
Linnaeus.
Ficus thonningii,
Blume,
Ficus benjamina,
Willd.
Ficus retusiformis,
H. LÚv,
Urostigma microcarpa,
Mig, 1847.
Ficus microcarpa var. hillii, Corner.
Ficus microcarpa var. saffordii,Corner.

This member of the Moraceae family was described by Carl Linnaeus the younger in 1782. It's found in India, China and Malaysia. It is really easy, doesn't care much about the soil, some water and from shadow to full sun. The stem will grow up to one meter in diameter and reach 15 meters high. It can be reproduced both by cuttings and seeds. 

The genera name originates from the old Latin name for Ficus carica which was from the Persian word fica. The species name means 'small fruits'.

Perfect for bonsai.