Ficus microcarpa nitida
Common: Indian laurel fig
Origin: Native to India, Malaya
Sunset Zones: 9, 13, 16-24
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Widely tolerant.
Water: Drought tolerant but need moderate to ample water
in desert regions
Widely used along streets in Southern California and
San Francisco Bay area.
Can also be grown in containers,
and can be sheared to produce a more formal appearance.
Provides dense screening. Can be used in very formal
Dense foliage on upright-growing branches.
Subtropical tree with aerial and a buttressed trunk.
Rounded crown. Moderate growth to 30-40 feet. The more
sunlight this tree receives, the more leaves it produces.
Leaves are clear lustrous green, 2-4 inches long, pointed
at base and apex. Smooth gray bark. Evergreen. Inedible
Widely used for formal hedges and fanciful topiary, due
to its adaptability to shaping. Low maintenance plant
except for occasional trimming to keep clean and unified
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