Ficus 'Nitida'

Latin name

Ficus microcarpa ‘Nitida’

Pronounciation

(FYE-kuss my-kro-KAR-pee-ah ‘nit-EE-dah’)

Common name

Laurel fig, Indian Laurel

Origin

India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, Northern Queensland

How easy is it care for?

The plants sold as Ficus ‘Nitida’ are usually a variety of Ficus microcarpa. Botanically, Ficus nitida is a synonym for Ficus benjamina, the weeping fig. Ficus ‘Nitida’ can be distinguished from Ficus benjamina by having a less weeping habit, rounder leaves and often, a more defined trunk.

Caring for your plant

Light

Bright, diffused light is recommended to maintain a lush and dense canopy

Watering

requires moist, but not wet, conditions. They can be quite thirsty during the summer.

Pruning

Pruning large landscapes trees is a job for a specialist and should not be attempted by the home gardener

Feeding

Fertilizer should be added during periods of active growth, especially the spring and summer. A weak foliar feed is also beneficial in early spring

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs, soft scale insects, thrips, aphids and two-spotted spider mites can be troublesome. Honeydew produced by sap-sucking insects can attract ants and provide a host for sooty moulds. The disease Phomopsis, which can be spread by non-sterile tools such as secateurs and pruning saws, is fatal and cannot be controlled.

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