Ficus microcarpa ID??

houseplantlover86(6)March 10, 2013

Hi there,

I have had this container plant for some time now, and I know it is a type of ficus plant, but this is all I know. My question is what type of ficus? It looks similar to an F. microcarpa, but the leaves are rounded instead of straight and point outward, They are in tight clusters. The plant is very lush but the root system is kept very small. I would imagine upon planting the plant in a larger container it would grow taller and branch out more?

Can anyone help me on the ID?

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Hey HPL,

I wonder if we have the same plant.
I submitted a thread around a year or so ago.
Have a look and tell me what you think.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 6:50AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Making link clickable.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 10:09AM
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Are the leaves really small, i.e. smaller than Benjamina leaves?

In which case it's sold in Eurpoe as Ficus Ginseng. I've got one at home and sell a lot at work.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 6:19AM
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asleep_in _the_garden, I don't think our plants are a match, although they are close!

StewartsJon, it looks like a match would indeed be the ficus Ginseng! The leaves match perfectly. Thank you so much for your help!


    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 12:34AM
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Thanks for the clickability purp!

...and HTP, this rate I think I am about to give up on finding out what my ficus is. Whatever it is I love it! lol

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 1:09AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Pls. allow more time for responses, so that Al (Tapla) our resident Ficus man might come along & see it. I'd bet he'd know.

Personally, I've seen F microcarpa & F retusa used almost interchangably by some of these FLA nurseries making & selling bonsai style plantings up North. Have had a couple of them myself. Nice plant you've got there.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 11:06AM
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If it is a Ginseng, they love being pruned little and often and they seem a little less cold resistant than you might expect a Ficus to be.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 11:10AM
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As for mine,
..about a year ago Al suggested that it may be a Virens (in the link that Purp made clickable)but those have ridge type structures on the underside of the leaf.

Actually right about now I'm leaning toward Nitida.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 11:44AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

It looks like F macrocarpa, aka Indian laurel and commonly sold as 'Green Island' ficus. Microcarpa has extremely bulbous/fleshy roots, even at a young age.


    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 1:52PM
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