Ficus china is a species of fig tree that is native to China. The tree grows to a height of 20-30 m and has a trunk diameter of up to 1 m. The leaves are simple, alternate, and elliptical in shape with a length of 10-20 cm and a width of 5-10 cm. The tree produces small, greenish-yellow flowers that grow in clusters. The fruit is a small, dark-colored drupe that measures 1-2 cm in diameter.
How to care for:
Ficus china is a relatively easy tree to care for. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. The tree is drought-tolerant and does not require much water once established. It is also relatively resistant to pests and diseases.
The tree does not require much water once established
Type of Soil
The tree prefers well-drained soil
The tree does not require much pruning
The tree can be propagated by seed or cuttings. Propagation is possible with root cuttings. The root system spreads quickly, often reaching several feet. The roots can be divided and separated to spread the plant or grow new plants. Take a cutting from a younger plant, dip it in root hormone and plant it in its own four-inch starter container. Don’t cover with plastic. Simply set it near a window and keep watered. Within a few weeks, the cutting should take root, becoming its own new plant. It can then be transplanted to the ground or kept in the container as a small bonsai.
Pest and Disease
The tree is relatively resistant to pests and diseases
The tree can be used as an ornamental tree in gardens and parks.Island Ficus is best grown as a low hedge in the landscape or as a small Ficus bonsai plant. The plant grows easily indoors as a small house plant or outdoors. When planted in large containers and planters it makes an attractive bush when pruned for shape. When grown from cuttings it’s easy to keep trimmed as a small bonsai tree.