Ficus Microcarpa Compacta
Ficus microcarpa is native in the range from Sri Lanka to India, Taiwan, the Malay Archipelago, the Ryukyu Islands, Australia, and New Caledonia. It is a rapidly-growing, rounded, broad-headed, evergreen shrub or tree that can reach 15m (49 feet) or more in height with an equal spread. The smooth, light grey trunk is quite striking, can grow to around 1m (3.3 feet) in diameter, and it firmly supports the massively spreading canopy.
The glossy, dark green, leathery leaves are densely clothed on large, somewhat weeping branches. New growth, produced all year long, is a light rose to chartreuse color, giving the tree a lovely two-toned effect.
Ficus microcarpa has deep green, elliptic shiny, smooth, 8cm (3 inch) long leaves on short, erect much-branching stems. It also bears small incredible fruit occasionally. Because this plant can withstand quite a lot of nipping out of shoots, it is often trained into specific shapes, such as standards and pyramids.
The root system swells and stores water and nutrients to allow the plant to survive in harsh environments without food and water for long time, making it an excellent indoor plant. Roots will continue to swell as the plat gets older and with some training can be grown into amazing Bonsai.
If grown in large pots the Ficus microcarpa will grow rapidly, if kept in small pots they can be kept miniature for life, final size depends on watering, feeding and trimming given to the plant; you are in complete control.
Every Ficus microcarpa grown indoors should have its leaves sprayed clean regularly to free them of accumulating dust.
Ficus microcarpa does well either in medium light or in a position where they can get some sun each day.