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Banana-Leaf Ficus

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Banana-Leaf Ficus

  • Common Name: Banana-Leaf Ficus
  • Scientific Name: Ficus binnendiijkii
  • Family name: Moraceae
  • Origin: India, China
  • Height: Up to 10 ft indoors; outdoors, it may be more than 20 ft tall
  • Width: 4-6 ft indoors; outdoors, it may be more than 15 ft wide
  • Growth: Fast
  • Zone: 10-11
  • Light needs: Full sun- Part shade
  • Salt tolerance: Moderate
  • Soil/pH/Texture: Prefers loamy or sandy soil, acidic to alkaline (pH 6.0-7.5)
  • Moisture: Moderate water needs – water regularly until established
  • Drought tolerance: High
  • Pests/Diseases: White flies and scale might pose a small threat
  • Growing conditions: Plant in a bright area with well-drained soil. Banana Leaf Ficus does very well as a houseplant in a large container. Should be pruned occasionally to control its size. If planted outdoors, give it plenty of space, as it may grow very large.
  • Characteristics: Banana Leaf Ficus is a single-trunked tree with many branches. Leaves are simple, glossy and lanceolate. The flowers tend to be green and yellow and grow along the branches. The fruits are small, round, and yellow.
  • Propagation: By cuttings
  • Wildlife: Birds may eat the fruit. Its branches and foliage may provide refuge for small animals.
  • Facts: In its native area, this tree is known to grow over 75 feet tall.
  • Designer considerations: Makes a great houseplant or walkway plant because of its easy maintenance. Also looks great in a garden with smaller plants around its base.