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Family: MORACEAE 

 Ficus microcarpa
 
 
Author:   Carl Linnaeus Junior, 1782
Family:  Moraceae
Origin:  India, Malaysia, China
Soil:  Peat/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.


 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!

  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. The species name means 'small fruits'.

Perfect for bonsai.


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