Variegated Ficus is a graceful, gentle tree with green and cream colored leaves that prefers to be in bright, direct light. These trees would do best with exposure to a western or southern window. Variegated Ficus can be trained as a tree with a clear trunk or kept as a bush, serves as an excellent backdrop for any room in the house. These versatile trees can even be placed outside in full sun if hardy, or for a summer vacation if not hardy. There is a tendency for these trees to lose their leaves if light, watering, or their location changes. This is a perfectly normal process as the tree adjusts to its new situation.
These elegant trees come originally from Asia and Australia, where they grow upwards of 80 feet tall. Indoors, in a container the trees height is limited by the quantity of roots it can produce in a small container. Typically, the Variegated Ficus reaches about 6 to 10 feet tall indoors. Regular pruning can contain the tree and encourage branching and new leaf growth without damage. Outdoors, the trees produce a very small flower and then a reddish fruit that is edible. Eating the fruit is not recommended because it has not been bred for flavor and is not intended to be eaten.
This plant is in a 4" diameter container and is about 6" tall and 4" to 8" wide.