Ficus elastica


Rubber tree

Evergreen tree to 30m high by 15m wide, much less when grown in pots. Larger specimens develop aerial roots and a buttressed trunk. The leaves are glossy and broadly ovate with pointed tips. The young leaves are pink-bronze, turning deep green with age.


Ornamental tree suitable for large gardens in tropical areas, it is most commonly grown as an indoor plant.


Suitable for full sun or semi-shade in warm and tropical climates. Grown as an indoor plant in cooler areas. Prefers fertile, moist and well-drained soil, but avoid overwatering pot plants. Frost sensitive. Propagate by seed, cuttings or aerial layering. Susceptible to Two Spotted Mite. The roots are invasive.


Cuttings, Layering


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