Ficus benjamina L.

Weeping Fig

In the wild this is a large banyan tree but in SE Australia it is generally grown as a tub plant with variegated leaves; occasionally as a street tree in warmer districts. Branches slightly pendulous to distinctly willowy and pendent. Leaves appearing to be in pairs, 3-10 cm long, 3-5 cm wide, margins slightly wavy and irregular; apex often forming a pronounced elongated drip tip; vein pairs 6-13. Leaf stalk mostly less than 2.5 cm long. Figs paired, dark red, more or less stalkless. [F. nitida Thunb., although in horticulture this name may sometimes refer to F. microcarpa var. microcarpa]

India, China, SE Asia, N Australia

Leaves with long pointed drip tip; branches generally pendulous.

NSW: Sydney (Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, tree next to kiosk). A range of cultivars is offered including those listed under the Cultivar tab.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Moraceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map

Ficus benjamina 'Citation'

PBR App. No. 93/031. Sport of the species discovered by Mr B. T. Wood of Woodds Foliage Inc., Florida, USA, characterised by the tightly curled leaves, deeply v-shaped in section. ['Curly Ben']

Ficus benjamina 'Exotica'

Narrow trunk, slender weeping branches, leaves narrower and thinner than the species and with a more pronounced drip tip.

Often used as a tub plant.

Origin unknown.

Ficus benjamina 'Reginald'

PBR App. No. 92/108. Sport of 'Exotica' with more compact habit, undulate leaves, variegation originating from the midrib.

Ficus benjamina 'Starlight'

Leaves variegated. The difference between this and 'Variegata' is not clear. ['Starlite']

Ficus benjamina 'Variegata'

Leaves with creamy white variegations, slightly smaller than the typical plant.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Rosales
family       Moraceae
genus        Ficus L.