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Ficus microcarpa/Chinese Banyan, Rubber Tree

Ficus microcarpa / Ficus microcarpa
Large specimen growing in a shopping mall
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Large specimen growing in a shopping mall

Large specimen tree growing outdoors in Mexico

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A rubber tree growing in a shopping mall

Specimen trees growing indoors

Bonsai in training since 1975

Bonsai in training 1971

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Scientific Name: Ficus microcarpa
Common Name: Chinese Banyan, Rubber Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 40 - 50 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: This is a highly popular plant for large interior landscapes where there is considerable natural light. It is grown outdoors in warm climates but cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. Leaf drop is a problem indoors and is normally associated with trees that have not been properly acclimated to the greatly reduced light after having been grown in a nursery outdoors, poor light conditions and from any number of insects associated with growing this tree indoors. Mealy bugs, aphids, and scale insects can be serious problems when growing rubber trees indoors. It is a very popular choice for large planters and huge pots when a sizable tree is needed indoors.