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Ficus microcarpa ‘Green Island’

Green island fig

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderRosalesRose family and eight others
FamilyMoraceaeMulberry/fig family
GenusFicusA Latin name for the fig
Cultivar‘Green Island’

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This species is native from Ceylon to India, southern China, Ryukyu Islands, Australia, and New Caledonia. It is not native to the United States, but it has gained a vigorous foothold in the southern US. It is rugged and does well as bonsai.

Identification: There is a great deal of confusion over several closely related Ficus species. This rather spirited article attempts to sort out several commonly confused species. This ficus is epiphitic, often serving as a host for other plants. Mature trees can reach 60' (18 m) in height, dangling many aerial roots. Leaves are orbicular, nearly round, with only a barely discernible tip. This distinguishes them from the variety Ficus microcarpa var. crassifolia, which has obovate leaves. The fruits are figs, about ½" (1.3 cm) around, green, maturing to black.

Edibility: Technically fruits are edible, but not appealing.

Online References:

Ficus microcarpa ‘Green Island’ on www.horticulturist.com

Ficus microcarpa ‘Green Island’ on ficusplant.org


Ficus microcarpa ‘Green Island’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Ficus microcarpa (green island fig)

Bonsai. Labelled Ficus retusa ‘Green Island,’ but this may not be correct. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 17 × 13" (43 × 33 cm)

Range: Zones 9-11:

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