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Chinese Banyan, Ficus Microcarpa Nitida (Retusa) - Plant

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Ficus microcarpa is a tropical tree with smooth light-grey bark and entire oblanceolate leaves.
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Description for Chinese Banyan, Ficus Microcarpa Nitida (Retusa)

It is an evergreen tree to 15 m or more in height, with a rounded dense crown, smooth gray bark, milky sap, and long, thin, dangling aerial roots. Leaves alternate, simple, leathery, deep glossy green, oval-elliptic to diamond-shaped. Flowers tiny, unisexual, numerous, hidden within the “fig,” a fleshy, specialized receptacle that develops into multiple fruits.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Chinese Banyan, Indian laurel, shining leaved fig, Malayan banyan, Taiwan banyan, curtain fig, gajumaru Orange March-May Up to 50 feet Very easy to grow

Planting and care

The plant performs best in big size containers.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full sun, Partial sun Loamy soil Medium 20 to 40 degrees C Use any organic fertilizer

Caring for Chinese Banyan

    Mulch with an organic material, such as dry grass clippings, straw, aged manure, or a mixture of these.

Harvesting

NA

Typical uses of Chinese Banyan

Special features: It is an evergreen tree.

Culinary use: NA

Ornamental use: Good to keep inside homes and terraces.

Medicinal use: It is found to have good healing property and is used in preparation of oils and ointments for external application in the treatment of ulcers.

References

  • https://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/ficus-microcarpa/
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Laurel%20Fig.html
  • http://indiabiodiversity.org/species/show/31325

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