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Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 8-12 feet, or more
Plant Spread: 4-6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Pairs of 3/8 inch green figs mature to golden-yellow and orange-red
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Latex sap can cause contact dermatitis in some individuals
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wasps
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

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Common names
  • Banana-Leaf Ficus
  • Banana-Leaf Fig
  • Fig
  • Saber Ficus

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Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-03-18
Photo by drdawg
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-04-05
Location: In my garden - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: 2014-09-15
Heat wave leaf curls on my young Ficus
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-05-12
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-02-09
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-02-09
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-02-09

Date: August 5, 2009
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Date: 2013-07
my 20yr old plant (i have 2) that i keep rather small on purpose.

Date: 2015-04-25
New arrival from drdawg

Date: 2014-02-21

Date: 2014-02-21
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-04-05
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-04-05
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-09-02
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-09-02
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Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 23, 2011 11:11 AM concerning plant:
    Although it can grow to 10 to 12 feet in height, the Banana Leaf Ficus is becoming a popular houseplant. It has dark green 8" to 10" long narrow leaves that appear in a drooping form and it does not shed its foliage like its relative the Ficus benjamina ("Weeping Fig"). It is grown as both a standard form, as well as a shrub/bush type plant. The Banana Leaf Fig prefers full sun to partial shade and regular watering but once established is drought tolerant. It can be pruned to keep it to a manageable size and stem cuttings can be rooted for additional plants.

    I purchased my Ficus 'Alii' in a 1gal. container in 2007 and gave it a home in my screened pool area. It received full, filtered sun all day and did really well until our last two frigid winters. I thought it had succumbed to the cold so this past spring I moved the container out to a corner of the backyard until I could get a chance to empty the pot. One day last month I noticed new sprouts at the base of the trunk so I pruned away all of the dead branches and the tree is beginning to look like it may be worth saving!
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skylark On August 1, 2020 Transplanted
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