Botanical Name: Ficus microcarpa Add
Common Name: Indian Laurel Fig, Chinese Banyan  
Plant photo of: Ficus microcarpa
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

12-25', 25-40', 40-60'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color

Grey, White


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Medium


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Mediterranean, Tropical, Water Garden


Accenting Features

Multi-trunk Tree, Specimen


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Indoor, Lawn, Park, Roadside


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Topiary, Wind Break, Shade Tree


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Greg Applegate
Photographer: George/Sortomme
  • Description

  • Notes

Significantly different in several respects from F microcarpa or F. m. retusa. Nitida has a more pointed leaf, more upright branching and branch angles, is a little more hardy, and is definately more tasty to Cuban laurel thrips F. m. Nitida also grows taller. There may be taxonomic identity or similarity, but know that there are important differneces never-the-less.
Once widely used as street trees, it became apparent that it was too big and the roots were worse. Its not appropriate for this use even with root barriers. Train out codominant stems and included bark. Amazingly drought tolerant once established