Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors(hardy down to 20℉) 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 8-10 ft. Potted
- Mature Width:
- 3-5 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Ficus benjamina
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Low-Maintenance Indoor/Outdoor Ficus
The most popular plant for interior design, the Benjamina Ficus Tree, also known as the Weeping Fig, is synonymous with chic. The star of the show? Its glossy, deep green leaves, which are dense and can be shaped into various forms - simply shear or sculpt Benjamina to your desired shape.
Even better? The Braided Benjamina is an appealing landscape pick. The foliage on the Benjamina Ficus has a natural weeping habit, adding interest to a garden as a sole ornamental. We meticulously braid the trunk so it's ready to shine in the ground or in your favorite container. And its gray bark is an attractive feature against its bright green foliage.
Once established, it likes to stay put and may drop its leaves if moved, but it's a resilient plant and will bounce back quickly. After all, its low-maintenance ease is part of its tremendous appeal.
Simply put, the Benjamina Ficus Tree is easy to grow, with elegance for days. This fast-growing, effortless plant ticks all the boxes of a must-have, with a strong root system and enduring good looks. Your Braided Benjamina Ficus will arrive ready to add instant beauty to your yard, patio, or interior. Order now for bold, sleek vibes in a thriving plant!
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Customer Reviews & Photos
A little thin looking but bouncing back.
Beautiful little tree for the house. Didn't really like shipping. Doing well now sprouting new growth.
Benjamin Ficus Tree
I absolutely love my Ficus tree. I have spent hundreds of dollars from other places only to have my trees die within weeks. This Ficus came out of the box looking healthy lost very little leaves and is growing every day. I would totally recommend this tree to anyone.
My tree is dying.
The tree that I received looked like it was actually quite beautiful. It had a plethora of leaves though over half of them were in the box. I gently removed it planted and watered it but it continued to drop leaves. I have had Benjamina Ficus trees before and have done well with them. I followed the instructions precisely but it seems too far gone. There are only a handful of leaves still hanging on. I do not feel I was misled or sold a poor quality of item. I think perhaps the shipping was just too ******* it. In any case I wont be ordering any more trees online. I hope everyone else has better luck.
Ficus still happy!
The ficus dropped into a Baltimore summer (very hot and humid) (unbearable this summer-- whew!). We've had regular rains and so I decided to put the ficus "Marsilio" outside on the porch. So far so good. None of that pouty "I'm going to drop all my leaves now without telling you why" typed behaviour here.
Benjamina ficus tree
It came in in a very good condition bit within a month It has lost 95% of its leaves despite good watering and putting it in indirect sunlight indoors. I can count the leaves and they are less than 50!
Planting & Care
The Benjamin ficus (or “Ficus benjamina) is a beautiful tree that is a genuine decoration for any home. Maturing to a manageable height of about 8 feet tall these are a very low maintenance, disease and pest resistant trees that will almost thrive on neglect. The ficus tree is actually a relative of the fig family just with more of a weeping appearance. One of the perks of the tree is that it maintains its own tree-like shape making it an ideal houseplant. The trees can be planted outdoors providing they’re within zones 8-11 but are typically sought after for the beauty they can add to any room in your home from being potted.
Choosing a location: The ficus does not tolerate drafts or low temperatures so try and find a spot where it will never drop below 60 degrees (Fahrenheit). They enjoy a bright or filtered sun exposure, but try to avoid direct sun which will result in scalding of the leaves.
Important Planting Tip: Benjamina ficus trees are not very “needy” when it comes to their care or upkeep but the initial potting/planting procedure is very important to the tree’s health. The best thing to do is to remove the tree from its pot and dunk the entire root system in a bucket of water. Submerge the tree’s roots and make sure there are NO AIR POCKETS that may have gotten into the root ball. Shake the tree a little, twist it back and forth in a clockwise/counterclockwise motion while it is submerged to ensure ALL air bubbles have come out of the root area. Now proceed with the planting/potting making sure to tamp down the soil as you back fill to ensure no other air pockets form.
Planting directions (in ground): Slowly introduce the tree to its permanent home for a couple hours in a shaded area to start. In the spring as the weather warms is best but be sure to bring the tree inside at night when the temperatures begin to drop. This is called “hardening” and is how you acclimate the houseplant to an outdoor environment.
1) Make your hole three times the width of the root ball and just as deep.
2) You can improve your soil and make it more fertile by amending manure or compost into the native soil.
3) Carefully remove the ficus from the container, try not to grip it by the trunk. Twist the container or cut it away from the root ball to release the clinging dirt on the sides.
4) Gently comb the sides of the ball to loosen up the roots a bit and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil.
5) Put a stake about 18 inches into the ground next to the tree to help stabilize it as the shallow root system develops. Tie the tree to the stake with fabric strips, soft twine or planters tape. Make sure your stake is tall enough to reach the lowest hanging branches on the canopy.
6) Spread a four inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree to help conserve moisture and fight back competing weeds that might try to grow. DO NOT let the mulch touch the trunk of the tree or you may end up with disease or fungus issues. Organic mulch is recommended and will require replenishment once or twice a year.
7) Water the area deeply and thoroughly until the roots and soil are evenly moistened.
Planting directions (potted):
1) Select a pot size 1-2 sizes larger than the pot the tree came in and be sure it has adequate drainage holes on the bottom.
2) A regular potting soil will work just fine but take care not to be too rough handling the trunk of the tree. If applicable, cut the pot the tree came in along the edges and peel it back from the root ball as not to disturb the roots too much.
3) Place the tree in an area that will receive 4-5 hours of sun each day and will not drop below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Watering: Water your tree once a week and twice during the hot summer months. Let the soil dry in between waterings during the winter while the tree is not actively growing. Potted ficus trees will only need to be watered 1-2 times weekly and they also will need humidity. Check the top of the soil for moisture, if there is any, leave the tree be. These will benefit greatly from a dual weekly misting of their leaves with a warm water bottle.
Pruning: Shape and growth are the primary reasons for pruning your ficus tree. Cutters that are designed for close/fine trimming of narrow stems are best. Sterilize your tool(s) with rubbing alcohol to ensure nice, clean cuts.Find a node where the leaf (or twig) joins the branch and cut at a downward angle just before a node. Make your cut close to the node but without actually cutting into it. Leave one node for newer growth to come out on the branch. When removing an entire branch, cut it back to the trunk and be sure not to leave any nodes.
Fertilizing: Ficus trees are rapid growers and need lots of nutrients. Be sure to feed your potted tree once a month in the spring and summer. Drop down to feeding them once every two months in the fall and winter seasons. A water soluble 10-10-10 formula works well and can be used for either potted or outside trees.
*TIP* Benjamin ficus trees are prone to a couple pests but can typically be cured by applying Neem oil. The most common pests are: Scale, mealybugs and spider mites. If your tree is secreting a sticky, sap-like substance then there is definitely a problem and try to treat the tree soon.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 11||Ships Now!|