8 Best Types of Ficus You Can Grow

Last Updated: 11.03.2024
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Here are the Best Types of Ficus to add a lot of appeal in your rooms and garden with their tall appearance and broad leaves!

Ficus, also known as figs, are generally easy to look after and have varying foliage. They are very popular as indoor plants and match with a wide range of interior design needs. Here are the Best Types of Ficus that can add greenery to your home or garden.

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Best Types of Ficus

1. Indian Banyan

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Botanical Name: Ficus Benghalensis Audrey

Origin: India

Growing Conditions: Warm climate, full sun exposure

The Indian Banyan is the national tree if of India. It has great religious significance in Hinduism and Buddhism. The leaves are typically dark green, oval-shaped, and about 6 inches long. 

 2. Rubber Tree

Botanical Name: Ficus Elastica

Origin: India, Indonesia

Growing Conditions: Full to partial sunlight

The Rubber Tree has oval-shaped leaves that make a beautiful dark green/red foliage. It stands erect, looks very remarkable and does well in low light conditions, where the leaves can become almost purple.

 3. Indian Laurel

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Botanical Name: Ficus Microcarpa

Origin: India, Malaysia

Growing Conditions: Full to partial shade

The Indian Laurel, also known as Chinese Banyan, has flat, oblong leaves that are about 2-3 inches long. After it’s fully grown, it appears like a miniature tree, a bonsai. 

 4. Common Fig

Botanical Name: Ficus Carica

Origin: Western Asia

Growing Conditions: Mediterranean climate, full sun exposure

Common Fig is the species of Ficus that produces the edible figs that you can find in most stores, commonly known as “Anjeer”. It is a large shrub with leaves that are 5-10 inches long. 

 5. Creeping Fig

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Botanical Name: Ficus Pumila

Origin: East Asia

Growing Conditions: Full to partial sunlight

The Creeping Fig is an evergreen vine with an impressive growth rate. It has oval-shaped dark-green leaves and grows inedible fruits. It can grow well indoors as well as outdoors.

 6. Ficus Alii 


Botanical Name: Ficus Binnendiijkii ‘Alii.’

Origin: India, Malaysia

Growing Conditions: Bright, indirect light

The Ficus Alii Pant was first grown commercially in Hawaii, where it got the Hawaiian name “Alii,” meaning “King.” It has thick, narrow leaves of medium green colour that make it look desirable.

 7. Fiddle-Leaf Fig

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Botanical Name: Ficus Lyrata

Origin: Western Africa

Growing Conditions: Warm and humid climate, bright shade

The Fiddle-Leaf Fig has large leaves that have a fiddle-like (violin) shape. They can be up to 15-18 inches long. When grown indoors, it develops into a small tree with large leaves and looks very attractive.

 8. Weeping Fig

Botanical Name: Ficus Benjamina

Origin: South Asia, Australia

Growing Conditions: Very little light

The Weeping Fig is notorious plant as it drops leaves whenever repositioned, hence the name weeping fig. It has tapered, shiny green leaves and its trunks can be braided together and shaped as desired. 

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