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Ficus neriifolia

Previously known as:

  • Ficus gasparriniana
  • Ficus nerifolia
Description

The Willow-leaf fig is an evergreen tree native to China and the Himalayas.  It can grow up to 50 feet tall in its native subtropical habitat, though it is commonly seen as an indoor bonsai. 

Keep it in a sunny, warm location with consistent moisture.  It tolerates pruning very well and is easily shaped.

It is often sold under a misspelling, F. nerifolia.  The larger F. gasparriniana var. laceratifolia, while now considered the same species, is often labeled as a separate plant due to its larger form and distinct leaves and fruits.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#small tree#houseplant#container plant#bonsai#interiorscape#pruning#evergreen tree
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#small tree#houseplant#container plant#bonsai#interiorscape#pruning#evergreen tree
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ficus
    Species:
    neriifolia
    Family:
    Moraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China and the Himalayas
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    24-60 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit develops from the same structure the flowers are held in. They are green and ovoid, often growing in pairs.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    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 Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The long willow-like leaves are between 3.25 and 7 inches long and 1 to 2.5 inches wide. They are often asymmetrical in shape.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    Smooth, dark grey bark.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Small Space
    Design Feature:
    Specimen