General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled 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)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: 30 to 100 feet high outside in the tropics
Plant Spread: 30 to 50 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Broadleaf
Fruit: Showy
Other: Small, oval yellowish-green figs.
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Shade Tree
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Pollinators: Wasps
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Rubber Plant
  • Rubber Tree
  • Decora Tree

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Photo by twistedted

Date: 2023-09-21
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-08-20

Date: 2023-09-21
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan
Date: 2021-05-29
Moraceae:  Ficus elastica - New leaves form inside vivid orange b
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2021-08-08
The white spots have manifested, which form before roots.
Location: Chuluota, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-07-26
This is my brother's tree, great for pool side doesn't drop too m
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2019-02-10
Washington Park Botanical Garden
Location: Sanford, FL
Date: 2021-05-30
Location: Toronto Ontario Canada
This is a new leaf that just emerged

Date: 2012-12-29
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-06-05
Location: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida
Date: 2022-02-24
full-grown tree in southern Florida outside
Photo by PiaLouiseSourvi
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan
Date: 2021-05-29
Moraceae:  Ficus elastica - Bracts encasing the new leaves made c
Photo by Christine1950

Date: 2015-01-24

Date: 2015-01-27

Date: September 15, 2011
Location: central Illinois - Washington Park Botanical Garden
Date: 2014-03-22
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Date: 2016-08-18
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Date: 2016-08-18
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2021-10-23

Photo credit: Julian Herzog
Location: Brisbane qld australia
Date: 2021-02-12
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Date: 2016-08-18
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida
Photo by ljones26
Location: Stockton, CA
Date: 2014-09-10
Photo by purpleinopp
Location: Farmer Johns Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-03-11
Location: Farmer Johns Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-03-11
Location: Sanford, FL
Date: 2021-05-30
Location: Cincinnati
Date: 2018-05-13

Date: 2017-07-25
how often do i water this? ficus elastica
Location: central Illinois - Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Il.
Date: 2014-03-22
Location: central Illinois - Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Il.
Date: 3-22-14
Photo by SleepyWhippet

Date: 2012-12-29

Date: 2012-12-29
Photo by ljones26
Location: Stockton, CA
Date: 2014-08-26
Rooting cuttings from my main ficus in Promix HP
Location: Stockton, CA
Date: 2014-09-10
Took the basal stems growing out of the soil and created mini rub
Location: Stockton, CA
Date: 2014-09-10
Took other basal stems (which are usually long), cut them down an
Location: Farmer Johns Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-03-11
Location: Farmer Johns Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-03-11

Date: March 12th, 2013
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Comments:
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 21, 2022 8:36 AM concerning plant:
    I've always looked upon this tree as being one of the most common and well-known houseplants here in the northern USA, and it still is. However, it is native to much of southern tropical Asia where it can grow to be a big tree to 100 feet high with a big trunk with high buttresses. It is known as having an aggressive root system as a big outdoor tree. I saw several outdoor trees in a park in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in southern Florida, where they were shade trees about 30 to 40 feet high.
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