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Products > Ficus microcarpa 'Hawaii'
 
Ficus microcarpa 'Hawaii' - Variegated Chinese Banyan
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Moraceae (Mulberrys)
Origin: India (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 20-30 feet
Width: 10-20 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Ficus microcarpa 'Hawaii' (Variegated Chinese Banyan) - An evergreen tree that can grow to 30 feet tall and almost as wide or be kept as a dense upright shrub planted outdoors in near frost-free climates but can also be grown successfully as a interior house plant. It has shiny pointed rubbery and slightly undulating 2 to 4 inch elliptically shaped long leaves that densely clothe the branches and are irregularly margined with white. For it to reach full size it needs a sunny location with rich moist soil but it has done extremely well in our garden for over 30 years growing as a large dense shrub in a shady understory. In this location it has made and excellent tall screen in a location that gets infrequent irrigation. It is perfectly hardy to short term temperatures to 30 F without damage the and as understory plant in our garden survived the Christmas 1990 freeze (with brief temperature as low as 18 F) and suffered no damage in the January 2007 freeze with three nights in a row down to 25 F. We in the past grew own this tree as Ficus benjamina 'Variegata', offering it under this name from 1983 until 1999, though as we brought it back into production noted it more closely matches up to the similar Ficus microcarpa that has narrower and thicker elliptic leaves with as short leaf tip and non-pendulous habit. Over the years this plant has sometimes been sold as Ficus benjamina 'Samantha' and Ficus benjamina 'Hawaii'.  The information about Ficus microcarpa 'Hawaii' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We also relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we visit, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.
 
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