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Ficus benjamina, Weeping Chinese Banyan
Scientific Name: Ficus benjamina L.
Family: Moraceae
Ficus benjamina, Weeping Chinese Banyan (Ficus  benjamina) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 13, 23-24
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: Occasional frost damage in Phoenix, but recovers rapidly.

Heat Tolerance: Good tolerance to extreme heat

Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade

Origin: India India

Growth Habits: Evergreen tree, 30 to 60 feet tall (9-18 m); green leathery leaves, up to 5 inches long (12 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water, do not overwater, but does better with a constantly moist soil

Propagation: Semi hardwood cutting in summer

The Ficus benjamina is grown frequently as a house plant, but it does very well outside in Phoenix.
It is known for easily going partly dormant and losing part of its leaves if there is a change in growing conditions or if the tree is stressed. The leaves will grow back, be patient, this is not in itself a source of concern, water normally, and fertilizer is generally not needed until the tree starts growing again.

Ficus benjamina, U.S.D.A. Forest Service Collection, Courtesy of the Hunt Institute

Cultural Practices:
Does well with frequent light feedings.

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
Mature trees bear red, inedible figs.

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