Characteristics of Weeping Fig Tree (Ficus benjamina) in the Wild

Ficus benjamina
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is a species of tree in the Moraceae family, native to Asia and Australia. The fruit is a small berry and is very popular with some birds. Weeping fig is naturalized in the West Indies and the states of Florida and Arizona in the United States.

Recently described a new variety called Ficus benjamina var. bracteata found in southern Taiwan.

In its native tropical climate, the Weeping fig grows into a very large and majestic tree. It is widely planted in public parks, along wide urban roads, as an ornamental tree in large yards, and as a bonsai.

Weeping figs have the characteristics of fast growth, green, glossy, elegant, and dense foliage, and are resistant to full sun and shade. Therefore, it was chosen as one of the most suitable trees to be planted in various places because it is very tolerant and easy to care for.

The NASA Clean Air Study determined that the Weeping fig tree was effective at removing common household air toxins such as formaldehyde and xylene.

 
Currently, various Weeping fig cultivars are cultivated as ornamental trees, such as:

  • Ficus benjamina ‘Danielle’
  • Ficus benjamina ‘Naomi’
  • Ficus benjamina ‘Exotica’
  • Ficus benjamina ‘Golden King’
  • Ficus benjamina ‘Too Little’

Each cultivar has different characteristics, such as shape, size, and leaf color pattern. You can see many more cultivars on this page with pictures.

One In cultivar named Ficus benjamina ‘Starlight’ has earned the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

 

Characteristics of Weeping Fig Leaf

Ficus benjamina Leaf
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The native Weeping fig species have simple, shiny, slightly wavy, oval-shaped leaves with a sharp tip, a wedge-shaped base to a wide spherical shape, and between 6-12 cm in length.

 

Characteristics of Weeping Fig Fruit

Ficus benjamina Fruit
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The berries are berry-shaped, appear at the tips of branches, green when young and turn orange to peacock when ripe, and are between 1-1.5 cm in diameter.

 

Characteristics of Weeping Fig Tree

Ficus benjamina Tree
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The Weeping fig tree can grow to up to 30 meters in height in the wild, with graceful drooping branches and glossy dense green leaves.

Although the Weeping fig is considered a common ornamental tree, it is considered risky if planted near residential areas because its aggressive roots can damage the foundation structures of buildings, bridges, and even road concrete.

 
If you have a small plot of land at home and want to plant a Weeping fig, it is best to plant it in a metal pot or a crowing stone pot. And don’t forget to keep trimming the roots once they come out of the bottom of the pot and start touching the soil.

 

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