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Ginseng Ficus Ficus microcarpa 'Ginseng'

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Ficus retusa
Description

Ginseng Ficus is a cultivar used extensively in bonsai for its bulbous, thick roots reminiscent of ginseng that rise out of the ground.  It is sometimes grafted with branches of a smaller-leaved cultivar.  While it is commonly mislabeled as Ficus retusa, that species refers to another plant not used in bonsai.

Like other cultivars of this species, it grows somewhat faster and is easier to care for than other bonsai species, making it great for first-timers.  Keep it in a sunny, warm location with consistent moisture.

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#small tree#small spaces#container plant#tree#bonsai#interiorscape#indoor tree
 
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#small tree#small spaces#container plant#tree#bonsai#interiorscape#indoor tree
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ficus
    Species:
    microcarpa
    Family:
    Moraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Irregular
    Multi-stemmed
    Multi-trunked
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Flower Description:
    Like other Ficus species, the flower is inverted. The reproductive structures are located within the teardrop shape.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green, teardrop-shaped leaves.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Bark Description:
    Attractive greyish bark.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Small Space
    Design Feature:
    Specimen