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Rubber Tree 'Burgundy'

Ficus elastica

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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Bessemer, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Encinitas, California

Hayward, California

Pasadena, California

San Anselmo, California

Temecula, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Bradenton, Florida

Brandon, Florida

Deland, Florida

Edgewater, Florida

Fort Pierce, Florida

Fountain, Florida

Hialeah, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Melbourne Beach, Florida

Miami, Florida

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

North Fort Myers, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Venice, Florida

New Albin, Iowa

Chalmette, Louisiana

Vacherie, Louisiana

Richmond, Maine

Picayune, Mississippi

Saucier, Mississippi

Edgewood, New Mexico

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Memphis, Tennessee

Baytown, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 28, 2013, Jayekimberly from North De Land, FL wrote:

I bought this plant a couple of months ago and it has really taken off but it seems "Top Heavy" to me. it falls over all of the time. I have it in a pretty big pot on my porch so the whole pot doesn't fall over just the plant itself. I don't know what to do, I now have it leaning against my railing just to keep it together. can anyone give me some suggestions? Thank you!


On Aug 17, 2007, jordankittyjo from Bessemer, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

does any one know if i just stick my cuttings into soil, or root themin water? any feed back would be helpful


On Jan 26, 2007, dragonl from Fountain, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I purchased this plant 01-25-07. The label only stated Robusta/Burgandy. Since searching this site, I've learned it is a rubber tree burandy. It's in a 6 inch pot with a lot of roots showing. Should I repot.


On Aug 10, 2006, redtailfox3 from Fort Pierce, FL wrote:

This is the first time I've tried this plant,so far it has done fine,will let you know in couple months.It can stand a lot sunshine.It has been in 90'sjuly,august


On May 9, 2006, basilio from Athens
Greece (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is an extremely hardy plant, that can tolerate very low tempetatures and a certain amount of frost, although a long period of time under such conditions can cause some damage to the plant (leaves will probably fall under severe frost, but the plant is likely to recover later). It is one of the most popular outdoors plants in Greece (zones ranging between 7a and 9b) and it can be seen growing happily in pots, in thousand of balconies and yards and occasionally, producing massive trees if planted in the ground and given some years. In the center of Athens there is a huge Ruber Tree squeezed between two buildings, that must be at least 60 ft. high and trully awsome. Although snow is not very common in the city, every now and then trees and plants can be covered by it for a few hours or ... read more


On Mar 3, 2006, Anikke from adelaide
Australia wrote:

This plant grows well in containers at the edge of a verandah where it recieves full sun until noon in Adelaide, South Australia.


On Jul 5, 2005, kayma from Bradenton, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Have a 20' tree next to our pool cage. Grows like a weed! Have started several new plants from cuttings. Very hardy in our area (9b) as there are several growing in the wild.


On Oct 28, 2003, amorning1 from Islamorada, FL wrote:

I have seen one growing robust like a champ in zone 9A. Growing wild on the sunny side of a building. Its about 8ft tall! Needless to say I was suprised to see it that far north. Many experts keep telling me the same "Its all about micro climate." What determines a plant's ability to withstand cold is thier molecular cell's ability to expand and contract with the hot and cold without bursting.


On Aug 23, 2003, House from London, KY wrote:

A beautiful tree, mine gets close to 9 feet before it breaks. Readily roots. A little 'leaf shine' will enhance the look of the plant.