Rubber tree
Ficus elastica 'Sylvia'

Family: Moraceae (mor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ficus (FY-kus) (Info)
Species: elastica (ee-LASS-tih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sylvia

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Rubbery-Textured

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Plaquemine, Louisiana

Huffman, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Mar 17, 2014, marygarrett from Plaquemine, LA wrote:

I've had this plant for about 3 yrs. now. It is always "droppy" the edges of the leaves turn brown so I watered it more. It's still droppy though. I just transplanted it and used Hynonex potting soil, which I now regret. Any suggestions on how I can perk it up????

Thanks,
Mary